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Government outlines carer standing commission terms

4th September 2007

The government has outlined the terms of reference on a standing commission due to be set up to investigate the issue of carers in society.

Reporting to secretary of state for health Philippa Russell, the Department of Health has stated that this commission – in conjunction with ongoing consultation on a new deal for carers – reflects the importance of the issue.

The commission will seek to put the opinion of carers themselves at the centre of government policy in this area, while also assessing the impact on carers of long-term changes in a number of areas, including demography, care choices, technology and caring in families.

Furthermore, the commission will have an overview of the ongoing consultation and monitor implantation of the strategy due for publication in 2008.

Alan Johnson, secretary of state for health, said: “As people live longer and disabled people lead fuller lives, greater numbers of people will find themselves in the role of a carer at some stage in their life.

“The needs of carers are, therefore, relevant to families throughout the country.”

He added that the announcement to set up this commission makes the needs of carers a priority for both society and the government.

The government announced the details of its carers consultation in June 2006, with the launch of a website to promote debate on the role and future of care workers and those needing care.

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