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Carers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services) 2:30 pm, 13th March 2007

I agree with the hon. Gentleman. We introduced the annual carers grant, we announced the new deal for carers a couple of weeks ago, and we are also giving new rights and a new pension entitlement to carers, but there is a lot more that we have to do. The reality is that our society is changing. People are living longer and in doing so are developing an increasing number of frail conditions, which is asking new questions not only of the Government and the state, but of families. Disabled people, thankfully, are now having fuller and longer lives. The current review, led by the Treasury, on the needs of children with disabilities and their families and carers, is incredibly important. Wherever possible, these issues should of course be of a non-party political nature, but in the end it comes down to hard choices about the level of investment that the Government are willing to make in these services, and whether we are willing to prioritise families and carers in the context of the changing demographics to which I have referred.

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Clive Arnold
Posted on 14 Mar 2007 11:58 am

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Norman Gardner
Posted on 14 Mar 2007 6:15 pm (Report this annotation)

Hi Clive, looks like you have hit the jackpot.
Sounds a good idea. There has got to be a catch somewhere. Only problem I can think of is. Is the interest on £ 1,000,000, invested in a Post office savings account or similar 'safe' fund, sufficient to meet the needs of a quadraplegic child injured in a fall yesterday, sufficient to meet his long term needs until he dies of natural causes aged 90 + ? Worth getting an actuary to check the viability of such a scheme though.
Will they do it ? no chance. That would make us little people far to independent. We might stop doing as we are told and emigrate to a sunshine state with the cash and spend it on wine women and song.

Clive Arnold
Posted on 17 Mar 2007 4:03 pm

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