Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has been elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers, the Parliamentary group which aims to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of the needs of unpaid carers in Parliament.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers was formed in 2005 and comprises of MPs and Peers who care passionately about ensuring the 6.5 million people in the UK who provide unpaid care for ill, older or disabled loved ones get the support they need. The All-Party Parliamentary Group works on a cross-party basis to seek improvements to legislation for carers, while providing a forum for Parliamentarians and expert stakeholders to discuss what more can be done across the NHS, social care, employment policy and the social security system to improve the lives of carers.
After being elected, Dr Poulter commented: "I am delighted to have been elected Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers which undertakes such important work to raise awareness of the issues facing those caring unpaid for loved ones.
"We know that carers save the UK £119 billion each year through the care and support they provide to sick and disabled relatives. Carers make such an important contribution to our society, and we must do all we can to ensure they are supported. With new landmark rights for carers through the Care Act, which I helped to make law when I was a health minister, the need for more integration of health and social care services, and further spending decisions on social security, the All-Party Parliamentary Group will play a crucial role in ensuring the voices of carers are heard in Parliament.
"I would also like to thank the previous Chair, former Member of Parliament The Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry for the excellent work he did over the last few years and I look forward to working with the House of Lords Co-Chair Baroness Pitkeathley to further build upon the Group's achievements."
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Written Answers — Department for Transport: A14: Bridges (10 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many days the A14 Orwell Bridge has been closed in each year since 2000.
Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients (8 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of working-age adult mental-health bed admissions have taken place under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 2009.