Saga comments on research from The Crossroads Care and Princess Royal Trust for Carers which states that only 23% of this year's carer respite funding is being spent on carers.

Monday 8 March 2010

Saga comments on research from The Crossroads Care and Princess Royal Trust for Carers which states that only 23% of this year's carer respite funding is being spent on carers.

Emma Soames, Trustee of the Saga Respite for Carers Trust said: “It is shocking that despite the governments constant commitments to carers the allocated respite funding is still not being used for the welfare and respite of carers, and is instead spent on other areas of the NHS.

“Carers provide invaluable support, and as called for in the Saga Generation Manifesto, their welfare should be considered a much higher priority. Although the government announced in 2008 that it was doubling money set aside to allow long-term carers some time off - £50m this year and £100m next year, their failure to ring-fence them has meant that these funds are just not getting through.

“At Saga we award respite breaks to carers who have been nominated by their loved ones for providing outstanding support. This time out can make a huge difference to their lives, and in many cases could extend the amount of time they are able to continue to provide this level of care.

“At Saga we award respite breaks to carers who have been nominated by their loved ones for providing outstanding support. This time out can make a huge difference to their lives, and in many cases could extend the amount of time they are able to continue to provide this level of care.

“We hope that the discrepancies in funding for respite breaks are addressed and that these pillars of society get the benefits they deserve".

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Saga Respite Carers Trust has case studies available of people who have been awarded a Saga Respite Carers Trust break and are willing to speak about their experiences.

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