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[22/01/2021 | No comment]

I spoke to a number of care homes this week about the vaccine roll-out in Leicester. It’s very worrying to hear that some homes haven’t been able to vaccinate all of their residents and staff. The Government promised that all care homes would be vaccinated by Sunday, and they must deliver on this.

While it is good news that over 56,000 people have been vaccinated in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we are still in a race against time against this virus. The rise in care home outbreaks is concerning, and I will keep raising this with the Government and the NHS to make sure everything is being done to protect our care staff and residents.

Read more in the Leicester Mercury.

 

[16/11/2020 | No comment]

During a debate in Parliament last week, I called on the Government to learn lessons from the pandemic’s impact on people with dementia.

The majority of dementia patients are cared for in the community and in their own homes – and yet these care settings have not received the attention and priority that was needed during this pandemic. Home care workers need testing just like care home staff, and family carers need extra support to prevent them from burning out.

You can watch my speech online, or read it on Hansard.

[15/10/2020 | No comment]

 

I was pleased to work with Clockwise Credit Union to celebrate International Credit Union Day. Clockwise do wonderful work supporting people in Leicester West and across the city. They are a lifeline for many people, especially during these challenging times. 

Their latest report shows how Clockwise has helped thousands of people manage their money and improve their financial skills – preventing many people from losing their homes and helping them feel less stressed about money.

Watch the full video online.

[18/09/2020 | No comment]

During the pandemic, the number of unpaid carers has roughly doubled, with 4.5 million more people taking on unpaid caring responsibilities, bringing the total to at least 9 million. It’s thought that this number may be far higher, as so many people don’t recognise that the essential support they’re giving to family, friends, or neighbours on a regular basis, would be considered “care”.

Many unpaid carers are also balancing jobs, childcare and other responsibilities, and while there is support available, many report the process of accessing the right support can be confusing and overwhelming.

Today I met with key agencies in Leicester to discuss what can be done to make sure that all carers receive the support they need.

Representatives from East Midlands Ambulance Service, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Leicester City Council, Age UK and the Carer’s Centre joined the meeting. Leicester West constituent Dave Towers also spoke – as a carer for elderly relatives, he provided invaluable insight into the issues faced by unpaid carers. We discussed the need for early identification of carers by services, clearer pathways to access support, greater recognition by health and social care professionals of the central role that carers play, and how a more co-ordinated approach by services could benefit carers.

Real consensus on the need to better support carers was reached, and I’ll be meeting again with these key agencies over the coming weeks to discuss in more detail the practical steps that can be taken to achieve this.

If you are an unpaid carer, or if you receive support from an unpaid carer, and you’d like to share your experiences, please email me at liz.kendall.mp {at} parliament(.)uk.

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