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UK Announces £255 Million Package for Carers

by Rajshri on  June 11, 2008 at 2:35 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 UK Announces £255 Million Package for Carers
The UK government has announced a package worth £255 million in order to improve carers lives, but analysts say this might not be enough for them to come out of poverty.
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The decade-long strategy calls for £150 million to fund respite care and £38 million for annual health checks to for physical and emotional health of the carers.

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Charities welcomed the initiative, but said it might not be enough.

"While there is much to be welcomed in the carers' strategy, the number one concern for parents caring for a disabled child is the constant battle to avoid the poverty trap," said Jill Harrison, the external affairs director for Contact a Family. "This is a missed opportunity to lift disabled children and their families out of poverty."

The government sought the advice of 33,000 people before forming this strategy. It is reported that there are 6 million carers in the UK.

Source: Medindia
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