Responding to the Government’s Announcement of a Carers Action Plan, Glen Garrod, the President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“As leaders in social care across the country, ADASS is keen to see carers, who make such a crucial difference to the people they look after, recognised as the vital support that they are, and this action plan is a good next step towards making this happen. We have contributed to this discussion and advocated for this action plan to be published for some time, so it’s good to see some progress on this.

“It’s crucial that carers are given the support – and respite – they need to be able to fulfil their role effectively. We have consistently called for a sector-led approach which has as its heart the needs of the local communities, with resources from central government supplied to facilitate this. Only by taking the lead from people we care for, in the communities in which they live, can we deliver an approach that ensures the best possible care.

“We will continue to work with the Department for Health and Social Care to ensure the carers action plan is a success.”