Despite the Government’s announcement in November 2010 that £400m would be made available to Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to pay for breaks for adult and young carers, the country’s six million carers are concerned that they may not get the breaks they desperately need if PCTs are not held to account.
Sir George is supporting a new campaign “Give Carers a Break” launched at an event held on Monday 23rd May in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, London by two of the country’s leading carers’ charities, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care. Sir George is a Patron of the Trust in Hampshire
The two charities are calling upon Primary Care Trusts, who have not yet revised their plans for supporting carers in the light of the funding allocation, to work in partnership with local carers’ organisations to use the money within their allocations to support carers through breaks and other forms of help.
Carers and carers’ organisations throughout the country are being asked to highlight the local issues and work positively with PCTs and local authorities to achieve the best outcome for carers and MPs are being asked to support the campaign in their areas.
"I fully support The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads in this campaign and will be launching an event fopr them in Andover next month. Carers make a significant contribution to our society and it is in everyone’s interest that they are supported in order to continue to care safely and in good health. Breaks from their caring role can be a huge help in helping them to carry on.”