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.

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.

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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