MP hits out over ‘poor support for carers’

Elderly and disabled people are living without dignity owing to a lack of support for carers, a Labour former Minister from Yorkshire has said.

Meg Munn , Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley Picture Chris Lawton 06 May 2010

Meg Munn, MP for Sheffield Heeley, warned that many people are facing difficulties in 
their care, as she stressed low-level support would allow many 
to continue to be cared for at home.

The Communities Minister, Stephen Williams, recognised the importance of carers supporting their loved ones, although he insisted funds had been put in place to help.

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Speaking in the Commons, Ms Munn told Mr Williams: “Doesn’t the Minister recognise that the Better Care Fund is not new money but money taken from existing budgets?

“There are more people with more needs and do you not recognise that providing small amounts of low level services to carers who are providing a lot of need would ensure that most people could continue to be cared for at home, whereas now many people are facing difficulties in caring and we will see elderly and disabled people living without dignity?”

Mr Williams replied: “I think you make a perfect point.

“I think lots of us all around the House recognise the vital work carers do in order to support their loved ones.

“I was particularly struck by children who care for brothers and sisters or parents.

“I certainly agree with you on that.

“In terms of the resources, the Government in the spending review did put an extra £470m to support the Care Act.

“And of course in the Autumn Statement £2bn was announced to support the National Health Service.”