Yesterday at Health Questions, I raised the lack of Government support for young carers during the pandemic.
A young carer in Bristol East contacted me recently to report outdated information on the Gov.UK page for unpaid carers. The website recommended that young carers visit the Barnardo’s ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service – but that has been closed since March!
I wrote to the Minister of State for Care about this, asking for the website to be updated. I specifically asked for more resources to be included, as young carers need to know where to turn to for support and advice, particularly after the past year when they may well have been caring for very vulnerable family members.
Somewhat predictably, the Government simply deleted the link, but didn’t replace it with anything! I hope that the Minister keeps the promise she made yesterday, that she ensures that the Government provides more tailored support to help young carers, and that she puts this information on the Government website. I’ll be checking to make sure she keeps her word.
Watch the clip here.