23 October 2014
Macmillan Cancer Support has welcomed statutory guidance  published today (Thursday), which requires local authorities and health bodies in England to work together to identify carers.
The guidance, part of the 2014 Care Act, will take effect from April 2015 and comes after the charity has called for carers to be identified so that they can access the support they need.
Charlotte Argyle, Carers Support Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “We are delighted that the Government has responded to our call to identify and support people caring for someone with cancer. There are more than 900,000 cancer carers across England and half of these are not receiving any support, despite their lives being hugely affected by their role. The first step to improving their lives, and those of the people they are caring for, is to recognise them as carers.
“We hope this guidance will help carers get the support they need, but we need the Government to ensure that it is implemented and that the NHS and local authorities are supported to work together to identify carers.”
For further information, please contact:
Sally Aston, Media and PR Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4722 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
 ‘Care Act 2014: statutory guidance for implementation’, Department of Health
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