Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Adult's Services, Carers |


A carer is someone who provides unpaid help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

Policies and legislation

  • Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 – This Act provides for the assessment of carers’ needs; to provide for services to help carers; and for the making of payments to carers and disabled children aged 16 or 17 in lieu of the provision of services to them and for connected purposes.
  • Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 – This Act gives carers new rights to information. It ensures that work, lifelong learning and leisure are considered when a carer is assessed. It also gives local authorities new powers to gain the help of housing, health, education and others in providing support to carers.
  • Carers (Recognition & Services) Act 1995 – This Act is the first piece of legislation which recognises the role of informal carers and provides for the assessment of the ability of people to provide care.
  • Work and Families Act 2006 – This Act, which came into force in October 2006, makes provision for improved maternity and adoption leave for women. It also extends the right to request flexible working for carers.

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