NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, has welcomed news of additional funding for respite services.
Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Culture, was commenting after the Welsh Government announced an extra £15m boost to help support adults, with care needs, to remain in their own homes.
Mr Hamilton said:
“I welcome this news as it is vitally important we do all we can to help these people to continue to live as independent life for as long as possible.
“The funding needs to be there so that local authorities and health boards can provide this service. Many adults with care needs are much better off at home and, of course, this system also assists in reducing delays in transfer of patients, so freeing up hospital resources.
“I am delighted to see Welsh Government’s commitment to providing respite care to enable carers to take a well-earned break.
“I have nothing but admiration for the selfless carers in our community and would welcome more resources being made available for them”
Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies announced the extra funding to mark Carers Rights Day and reaffirming the Welsh Government’s commitment to supporting the 370,000 people in Wales who have a caring responsibility.
Carers provide 96% of the care in the communities across Wales, and contribute more than £8.1bn to the Welsh economy every year.
Mr Irranca-Davies said that part of the £15m would be used to improve support for carers, particularly in respite services, so that carers are able to take a break and to support them as carers and in their life alongside caring.
The Welsh Government is currently investigating ways to improve the quality and appropriateness of respite support for carers, including the types and frequency of respite and other support across Wales.
Additional funding will enable public and third sector organisations to make progress on this agenda.
The funding, which is part of an additional £30m which has been allocated to Regional Partnership Boards to help strengthen integrated working, announced in the Draft Budget 2019-20, will be allocated to regional partnership boards.