Health written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Paul Holmes Paul Holmes Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of support it provides to carers.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health

In 2007, the Standing Commission on Carers (SCOC) was established as an independent body to provide expert advice to Ministers and the Carers Strategy Cross-Government Programme Board on the progress in delivering the Carers Strategy.

SCOC published its first annual report, 'Carers at the heart of 21(st) century families and communities-work in progress', on 23 October 2009. The report highlights progress made against the main themes of the Carers Strategy. It contains a number of recommendations for the Government and local delivery partners.

Direct support that the Department provides to carers includes funding the Carers Direct helpline and website and the Caring with Confidence training programme for carers.

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