Today I spoke about the importance of raising the profile and awareness of carers. Fundamentally there is still a lack of understanding about the role of a carer and the support that is available especially for pensioners.
I mentioned the fantastic local charities that we have including Carer Support Wiltshire, The Independent Living Centre and Fun For All.
I also stressed my support to include young carers in the criteria for Pupil Premium.
It is extremely hard to be a carer at any age but struggling to cope whilst trying to grow up and study must be unimaginably difficult and place a great deal of emotional pressure on young careers.
The pupil premium aims to help level the playing field – it is time we made sure young carers are on the pitch too!