I have just had a meeting at the House of Commons with Angela Rippon who is a strong supporter of Carers’ Week. It was good to talk to Angela about all the work that is being done to recognise the role of carers. Society often takes for granted the huge contribution which individuals make looking after a loved one, without any adequate financial recognition. I saw this most starkly when the Select Committee on Work and Pensions was taking evidence for its landmark Report on Carers a couple of years ago. So many people gave evidence to us showing how even the smallest respite meant a great deal. It was also interesting to learn that in Australia instant respite is available through their carers’ centres.
I hope that Angela Rippon’s involvement with Carers’ Week will raise its profile even further and it was good to be part of this.