New plan to support Leicester’s unpaid carers

by Alex Leadbitter

Leicestershire County Council has introduced a new plan to help and support unpaid carers throughout Leicester.

With approximately 105,000 unpaid carers in Leicestershire, 2,000 of those being aged under 15, Leicestershire County Council has recognised that support is needed.

These numbers are expected to rise drastically in the coming years.

Councillor Richard Blunt, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We need to ensure that carers receive appropriate support wherever possible to help them carry out their caring role, while maintaining their own health and wellbeing.”

A recently set-up online assessment aims to make it easier for unpaid carers to apply for support and detail their needs.

Those in charge of setting up the support plan have consulted with various carers to improve the scheme and the Cabinet will discuss the plans to go ahead when they meet on October 16.

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