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On 1 April 2015, the Care Act 2014 and Statutory Guidance came into effect. Under the guidance, local authorities and health bodies in England must work together to identify carers. This is an important first step to making sure people caring for someone with cancer get the support they need is to recognise them as carers.
As with any law, it only makes a difference if it’s put into practice. We will continue to campaign on this issue to make sure all those caring for someone with cancer get the support they need.
Later this year, a new Carers’ Strategy for England will be published which sets out how carers will be supported over the next five years. Macmillan is working with the Government to ensure that the specific needs of cancer carers are recognised in the new strategy.Close