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Carers make a vital contribution to society and I want to assure you that the Government is committed to ensuring that carers have the support they need to continue their invaluable work.

The Care Bill includes plans to simplify the assessment processes for adult carers, so that more of them are able to access an assessment of their needs for support. For the first time, there will be a duty on local authorities to meet carers' eligible needs for support, putting them on an equal footing with the people they support.

We know health staff are well placed to signpost people with caring responsibilities to relevant information, advice and support. This is why the Department of Health has provided over £1.5 million to the Royal College of GPs, nursing and carers’ voluntary organisations over recent years to develop training and resources to help those working in primary and community healthcare to identify and support people with caring responsibilities. In addition, NHS England has just embarked on a listening exercise about supporting carers.

I realise that high quality, accessible information is also very important for carers to ensure they are clear about what support is available to them. The Care Bill sets out that local authorities need to provide comprehensive information and advice about care and support services in their local area. This will help people to understand how care and support services work locally, the options available, and how people can access care and support services.

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