Over the next couple of years:
● The development of new initiatives to stimulate the care market, including the involvement of regional development agencies.
● Research into the self-funders of non-residential care.
● A review of the benefits to carers of independent living and individual budgets.
● The introduction of a pledge to “carer-proof” all new national government policies (see p18).
● Better services for disabled parents to reduce the number of children with too many caring responsibilities.
● The promotion of good practice regarding equality and carers, and a review of discrimination towards carers in employment and in the provision of goods and services.
● The development of advocacy services for carers.
● A review of Jobcentre Plus and how it relates to carers.
● A review of the right to request flexible working.
● A review of carers’ benefits and the introduction of short-term measures that reduce bureaucracy, improve access and improve equity.
● The inclusion of carers as a specific group in the terms of reference in legislation on the new Care Quality Commission.
● The inclusion of certain groups of carers as target groups under wider local health body targets to improve health and well-being.
● Implementation of the pledge in Our Health, Our Care, Our Say to provide carers with health checks.
● The promotion of good practice around the flexibility of health appointments for carers.
● An evaluation of the impact on services for carers of GP carer identification measures.
● Greater educational opportunities for those who have been out of work for some time and for older carers.
● The embedding of carers strategies within new local planning mechanisms, including local area agreements.
In three to five years:
● The development of more strategic planning of care service provision.
● Implementation of the findings from the research on self-funders of non-residential care.
● The development of individual budget pilots.
● The introduction of legislation to promote equality of opportunity for carers in the delivery of public services.
● The inclusion of carers as an integral part of monitoring by the new Care Quality Commission.
● The inclusion in the 2011 census of a question on carers.
In five to 10 years:
● Implementation of legislation to promote equality of opportunity for carers in the delivery of public services.
● Replacement of the carers’ allowance with a new benefit for carers that is fit for purpose.
● Production of new data tables from the 2011 Census to allow comparative work into local areas and social exclusion factors.