The Government has been told to do more to support carers who have jobs outside the home.
It is estimated that unpaid carers save the British economy £87 billion a year in potential care costs - but they are not eligible for paid leave from work to take their loved ones to scheduled hospital appointments or planned appointments with their doctors.
Chris Jeffery from Tunbridge Wells has set up the group campaigning for a change. Sarah Saunders reports.
Reading Borough Council, service providers, voluntary sector partners and service users will be coming together for a Care and Support Conference, taking place at the Town Hall all day today.
The conference will discuss the Care Act and what changes in the national care system will mean for Reading residents and those who support them.
The Conference will be used to highlight some of the Council's plans for better integration between health and social care services, and how it wants to work with all partners to deliver this. This includes the implementation of the UNISON ethical care charter launched earlier this year. It will also cover the plans for the 'Better Care Fund' national programme to bring the NHS and social care closer together with Reading as one of the first areas taking this forward.
The Care and Support Conference will also discuss and identify priorities for future care and support services, and how agencies can work together to support Reading people to thrive whatever they need, including reducing use of residential care and supporting more people to live well at home.
Break-out sessions will address all aspects of care and support, including residential and nursing, supported living, domiciliary and wider community-based and preventative services. Council officers will provide information on the move to focus on outcomes for residents, and share best practice.
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