New strategy to support Angus carers

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Angus Council Social Work and Health committee has approved a three-year strategy to support the growing number of carers in Angus.

At their meeting on Thursday February 21, the committee agreed key priorities in the plan which will see carers helped to have a life outside caring, to improve their own health and well-being. Their needs will be recognised, respected and supported, and particular attention will be given to the requirements of young carers.

The new strategy builds on the Angus Carers Strategy 2009-12 which gave a framework to plan and develop services to support carers.

Convener of Social Work and Health, Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “Carers save the country £119 billion each year but they can feel isolated and discriminated against, as well as experiencing poverty and ill health.

“In Angus, we know that around 11% of the population are carers but there are many other ‘hidden carers’ who also provide support. We want to make sure that all these carers are in turn well supported in all aspects of their lives as they care for others who are ill, frail or disabled.”

The committee approved the commitments set out in the Angus Carers Strategy 2013-16 and agreed to seek updates on the implementation of these commitments.