My honourable friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Phil Hope) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
Last week the Standing Commission on Carers published its first annual report, which I have today placed in the Library.
Entitled Carers at the Heart of 21st Century Families and Communities—Work in Progress, the report concludes the first stage of the commission’s work (2007 to 2009) and highlights progress made against the main themes of the national carers strategy. It sets out future challenges and opportunities and contains a number of recommendations and suggestions for the Government, delivery partners and the next phase of the commission. I welcome the report and thank the commission members for their work in scrutinising delivery of the strategy and their advice about future direction. The Government will carefully consider the recommendations and look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders to achieve real benefits for carers.