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Petition - a National Carers Strategy for Unpaid Carers

– in the House of Commons at 4:02 pm on 27th November 2018.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Shadow Minister (Mental Health and Social Care) 4:02 pm, 27th November 2018

I rise to present a petition on the behalf of residents of the United Kingdom who are unpaid carers, including Katy Styles. Carers Rights Day is on Friday 30 November, and it is important that we show that unpaid carers are valued, and that we consider their need for a proper national carers strategy.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of the United Kingdom,

Declares that unpaid carers require a National Carers Strategy;
further that the Department of Health and Social Care asked unpaid carers for evidence for a Carers Strategy in 2016 and have failed to produce that Carers Strategy;
and further notes an online petition (209717) on this subject has received 2,124 signatures.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the government to produce National Carers Strategy to support unpaid careers with wider changes to benefits, employment and health and care systems that unpaid carers need, resulting in recognition and valuing of unpaid carers contributions to society.

And the petitioners remain, etc.