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Volume 458: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action her Department is taking to improve advice and support for those with caring responsibilities. (126786)

We recently announced the New Deal for Carers, a package of support including £25 million for short breaks for carers in crisis situations in every council; £3 million towards a national helpline for carers; and £5 million for an experts carers programme. The Chancellor has also announced we will be holding the most far-reaching national consultation ever on the role of carers. In the months ahead we will invite carers' groups and the voluntary sector to help us design a modern vision for caring.