Government backs new rights bill

The government announced its support for the Carers (Equal
Opportunities) Bill last week. The bill will give carers new rights
to opportunities for work, education and life-long learning.

Community care minister Stephen Ladyman announced the support
alongside £320,000 over three years for StartHere, a charity
which provides carers with information on benefits and services
through devices such as the internet, WAP phones and digital TV.

The grant will enable the charity to develop a self-help electronic
information system.

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