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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Major legal break-through for carers of relatives in England

Ministers plan to give those who care for disabled or elderly relatives in England legal rights for the first time.

The new proposals could grant carers rights to support such as education and training, as well as entitle them to respite breaks.

It is thought there are 1.25 million people who are spending 50 hours a week or more caring for family members.

Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow, says these changes could make a huge difference to their lives.

“Carers make big sacrifices in undertaking the support of a family member, they often give up their health and their wealth as part of this. Many feel the need to quit work as a consequence,” he told the BBC.

“What we’re trying to do is make sure in future neither the NHS or local councils overlook the family members who are providing the backbone of care and support in our country, and they actually look out for them and provide them with the support when they need it.”

A white paper detailing the reforms to the care system will be published later this month, but there are concerns about what these reforms will cost the Treasury.

However, experts say state services such as the NHS would face collapse if they had to care for those individuals who receive informal care from family members at home.

In other news, West Sussex County Council has released a directory listing the different short breaks that are available to disabled children across the county.

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