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Over the border: Stortford MP welcomes £429,000 for high-risk unpaid carers

General / Wed 3rd Apr 2024 at 09:57am

JULIE Marson, MP for Hertford and Stortford has welcomed the first tranche of funding to Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS for proactive support to high-risk unpaid carers. The £429,202 will also be used to develop digital capability to make the best use of data to identify carers.

This comes as part of an overall £42.6 million of nationwide funding between 2023-2025 to support innovation and transform the way adult social care services are provided nationally. The first tranche of £20 million covers all 42 integrated care systems, which deliver adult social care services and will work with a range of partners including the NHS, care providers, voluntary and community groups.

The second tranche of the funding, £22.6 million, will be allocated from 2024 to 2025. This will scale community-based care models such as shared-living arrangements and digital tools that enable people to self-direct their support. More than half of the projects are focused on identifying, recognising and supporting unpaid carers.

Mrs Marson said:

“This funding, part of a larger £20 million allocation to local authorities across the country, marks a significant milestone in our commitment to transforming care provision and reforming social care. With a focus on supporting unpaid carers and enhancing digital capabilities, we can make real strides in delivering fairer, more accessible care for everyone”

Minister for Social Care, Helen Whately, said:

“We’re sticking to our plan to deliver ambitious social care reforms that will ensure everyone gets the care they need and help even more people to live independently.

Alongside our workforce reforms, we’re supporting the sector by backing innovations which will make our care system fit for the future and provide vital support to our selfless unpaid carers.

I’ve seen first hand how Shared Lives helps people who need care, and I’m delighted this funding will scale up support and make an even bigger difference for more people across the country.”

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1 Comment for Over the border: Stortford MP welcomes £429,000 for high-risk unpaid carers:

Guy Flegman
2024-04-04 09:11:55

So they are still unpaid carers! Wish I was smart enough to dream up schemes to transfer public funds to my mates

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