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Dear Secretary of State for Health and Social Care,
Thank you for all the work you're doing during these difficult times.
I am writing to you about the rights of young carers in the unprecedented climate of Covid-19. As you may know, Covid-19 is placing unprecedented stress upon the 700,000 young carers we have in the UK and the person(s) they care for - many of whom have underlying health conditions. At this time, we kindly say: ‘Don’t forget about young carers’. Cares UK and Carers Trust have made a joint statement, calling for immediate action. I kindly ask you to consider:
• Ensuring key medical supplies (e.g key medication or equipment such as peg
feeding or oxygen tanks) and products carers often buy themselves (e.g
incontinence products, wipes, disinfectant) are still accessible to young carers.
• Information systems like 111 start collecting data on whether someone is a young
carer and ask anyone who either reports symptoms or has to self-isolate if they
provide an important level of care to someone who might be vulnerable. This should
then lead to an appropriate response from the authorities.
• Assuring the general public that individuals who have high personal care needs
that only a highly skilled care worker or nurse can provide will continue to have their
• All schools having a responsibility to nominate a lead person to make contact with
young carers during this time and sign post them to appropriate services.
• Increased financial support for local young carer services in helping young carers
balance their needs with the needs of the person needing care and support.
The publication of the Coronavirus Act has led to the suspension of the Care Act. As
you know, this means local authorities no longer have a statutory duty to fulfil their
assessment, care planning or review duties. Please can you provide some
reassurance that the Care Act will be reinstated as soon as is safe and possible?
A society is judged by how it looks after its most in need, especially in difficult times.
Please keep me updated on any developments with regard to young carers and I
look forward to hearing from you soon.