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Calls for improved rights for working carers

A campaigner from Kent is calling for improved rights for carers who manage to look after their loved ones and hold down a job.

Chris Jeffery from Tunbridge Wells wants the government to authorise five days paid leave a year for working carers, to allow them to take family members to scheduled hospital or doctors appointments.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Chris and his wife Jenny Jeffery

Cathedral to tell the story of young carers

The exhibition will be held at Winchester Cathedral Credit: ITV

YMCA and The Children’s Society are to present a compelling portrait exhibition, called ' Hidden', at Winchester Cathedral, next month. It tells the story of young carers – often invisible to society – who face huge responsibilities and unimaginably difficult choices. 'Hidden' reminds us that while the official figure of young carers in the UK is 166,000, this is only the tip of the iceberg.


'I didn't sleep for 42 hours' Government told to give workers paid leave to help loved ones

Jenny cares for her husband as well as working as a baker

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.

Care and Support conference being held in Reading

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.

"The need for care and support affects everyone in Reading, whether our neighbours, family members or we need support ourselves. There are huge challenges that, like the rest of the country, Reading faces to ensure that we can live fulfilling lives regardless of our needs. Only by ensuring that the council, the NHS, voluntary organisations and private providers all work together with residents will we meet that challenge. This Conference is an important step in developing our Reading-wide strategy for adult social care, and I would urge anyone with an interest to attend."

– Lead Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Rachel Eden