Caring for the Carers

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:06 pm on 1st May 1986.

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Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley Central 5:06 pm, 1st May 1986

We estimate that there are 12,600 disabled people in the Barnsley area, which represents 7 per cent. of the population. Moreover, 7,000 of them are severely disabled and require constant care and attention night and day. The carers should clearly receive more financial recognition. In industrial towns, the number of disabled people is higher than average because of coal mines, factories, and so on. Local authorities in those areas would like to develop a much more comprehensive care and attendance service. What plans does the Minister have to assist local authorities to achieve that objective?