Devon carers to receive more help

CARERS in Devon are to receive more support thanks to �800,000 funding from the Government. Devon County Council and Devon Primary Care Trust will use the money to identify more carers and conduct health and wellbeing checks to see how best they can be s

CARERS in Devon are to receive more support thanks to �800,000 funding from the Government.

Devon County Council and Devon Primary Care Trust will use the money to identify more carers and conduct health and wellbeing checks to see how best they can be supported.

A pilot programme has already been launched at five GP surgeries and 37 surgeries have indicated they would like to be part of the scheme.

There are an estimated 73,000 people caring for relatives or friends in Devon, but only 5,000 are registered to receive the support they are entitled to.

Councillor Stuart Barker, the county council cabinet member for adult and community services, said: "Support for carers is vital, especially in Devon where we have a large and growing number of older people who need care.

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