Lets Not Forget About Carers Rights


At our recent event on the draft LB Bill we were delighted to talk to a number of people who provide care and support for a relative with learning disabilities. They were generous in sharing some very personal and tragic stories about their experiences as carers and the experiences of those they care for.

We were also delighted to meet the woman behind #GraphicsOntheGo. A carer herself, she has started using her drawings to support disability rights campaigns, such as @justiceforLB and to share her personal thoughts and experiences.

This recent sketch showing the difference an 'E' can make: Career v Carer, says a 1000 words!

According to Carers UK there are 6.5 million carers in the UK. That is 1 out of every 8 adults. Their research suggests that 10.5 million people will become carers in the next 5 years, looking after older, ill, or disabled loved ones.

There are common themes amongst the carers we speak to and advise. Most carers feel over stretched and undervalued. Sadly, many carers who speak to us are fearful that loved ones will be taken away or services and support further reduced if they seek to complain or challenge.

Making sure carers get the information and support they need is key. To mark Carers Rights day, which was back on Friday 28 November, Carers UK launched some new resources for carers on their website to help carers find out about their rights. This included a new Carers Rights Guide and separate guidance on assessments.

At Simpson Millar LLP we appreciate that it is important for carers to try and maintain good relationships with any individuals, services and bodies that are working with them to meet their needs and the needs of the people they care for.

We therefore work with our clients to try and resolve any issues as amicably as possible.

In most cases disputes are resolved outside of court through face to face meetings, telephone conversations and correspondence. It is possible to be challenging without being confrontational and as specialist lawyers in this area, we have become skilled negotiators!

We therefore urge carers not to settle for less than they need and deserve and not to be fearful to seek support in challenging poor decisions and practice. Carers play a crucial role in our society, it is important for everyone that carers rights are not forgotten.

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