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CONTACT: Neil Durham, ADASS press office, 0207 664 3333

Responding to Carers UK’s report State of Caring 2016, Harold Bodmer, ADASS President, said:

“This survey makes for uncomfortable reading for any Director of Adult Social Services. We warmly welcomed the emphasis and the support for the 5.4 million informal carers in England built into the Care Act. It is clearly unacceptable when this support isn’t available but it does need to be recognised that the Care Act is being implemented at a time when local authority social services departments are facing unprecedented financial pressures. We will of course want to work with Carers UK and other partners to respond to this survey and to influence the new Carers Strategy as it is developed this year.”