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Update on Carers services


Last year, we spoke to 158 Carers across Kent about how they were coping.  132 of them were what we call 'Hidden Carers' which means they weren't getting any support from Carers agencies.

We shared all the findings with Kent County Council who were reviewing their carers servcies at the time.

We wanted to update you on what's happening now.  

Since our report was published, the Council has paused work on their carers strategy as the Government released a Carers Action plan (which you can read here) and a Social Care Green paper is also expected to be published soon, which will impact how KCC develop their strategy. 

KCC have said they will let us know when these papers are published and work resumes on its strategy. 


Healthwatch Kent Focus on Carers


Man smiling in his work uniform and stand outside at a healthwatch event. The quote says, "I always have a choice about which opportunities to take part in".