HC Deb 15 September 2003 vol 410 c617W
Mr. Wray

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to identify family carers; whether he plans to create a family carers list; and what health, financial and other assistance can be granted to family members who care for relatives. [129104]

Dr. Ladyman

There are no proposals either to identify or create a list of family carers.

As with all carers, family carers are entitled to an assessment to determine their needs as carers and eligibility for support. The Carers Grant, worth 100 million this year, provides money for local councils to provide short breaks and services for carers to enable them to continue in their caring role. Carers are also entitled to cash payments for carers' services to enable them to purchase the type of support they require and promote a better quality of life.