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We support wholeheartedly the implementation of the improved


rights for carers, that is by the care act of 2014. Providing funding


to local authorities. We are committed to continue to improve


support for carers through the publication of a new national


strategy by the end of 2016. I thank the Minister for his response.


Research shows that the older the carer, the more hours of care they


provide and that surely cannot be right. Many carers over 80 are


providing as much as 50 hours of care a week, often without support


because they do not beat the new eligibility criteria and councils do


not have the money in their budgets. Will the Minister undertake to


ensure the new carers strategy tackles these high and increasing


demands of unmet demand and the councils across the country having


to cut back on carer support what specific support and funding will


the government provide to help them offer real support to carers? She is


absolutely right, Delhi half a million people over the age of 80


providing over 35 hours a week. -- nearly half a million. It is a huge


commitment, that often has profound implications on their own health and


well-being. So I think we are all singing from the same hymn sheet and


I'm sure that the carers strategy will address the particular


requirements of that age group. The government will continue to support


the rights of carers. The research report for carers last week reported


that approaching half of older carers had not been offered an


annual health check by their GP and also about half of older carers said


their GP practice had not told them where they could find help. What is


the government doing to encourage primary care to make sure that older


carers get access to annual health checks and support? Clearly it is


essential that older people do have access to at least annual checkups


from their GPs and I think part of this review, a large part of it will


be how we signpost and informed people of the need to have these


health checkups. I'm sure that will be a part of the strategy announced


at the end of the year. Under the new legislation care and support


act, carers have a right to an assessment of their needs. Could the


noble lord the Minister Ashour the House that those needs would not


just be assessed, but would also have an asked resources put into the


system -- enough, so that their needs can be met? Under the care


act, there is an assessment, eligibility criteria and a support


plan. There is clearly no point having a plan without the support.


Well the Government instead of setting up a review, independent


review to look at the source of budgets that local authorities


required to ask to provide a decent service? As part of the consultation


that has been conducted this year in preparation for the strategy at the


end of the year, the Government have called for evidence, looking at


international comparisons but also an economic review, which I think


will take into the account the issues that the noble Lord races.


What the noble Lord of the Minister in recognising the serious concerns


about people over 80 and people under 18 with health needs


themselves face, good he also assure us that the review will have regard


to the number of children who are themselves carers for adult members


of their family? Because too many of those children have needs of the


parent assessed, quite rightly, but the needs of the child concerned


with the children is not always taken into account. Can he have an


assurance that the new strategy will cover both my noble friend's


question and concern, and those of children? She is absolutely right,


there are tens of thousands of children who have very substantial


caring responsibilities for their parents or their grandparents. And


the impact of them on their education and future careers is


certainly something this House will want to take into account. The


children and families act set out the rights of children, but we need


to assess them carefully in the forthcoming strategy.


Surely the carers over 80 are saving the economy by offering their


services? I cannot give a figure for those over 80 but I think the total


amount of money, insofar as you can monetise something like this, the


total figure for all unpaid carers is estimated to be around ?1.3


billion a year. My Lords, does the Minister recognise... My Lords,...


I'm sorry, we have not heard from the Conservative benches although I


recognise there have been a series of Labour appears. Does the Minister


recognise that there are large numbers of people, older people, who


simply look after each other? This is that the heart of the institution


of marriage and they may not be registered as a carer because, if


you like, they are of similar age and shape. But I think it is the


whole issue, it is not just about the situation of the parents, but


about all the people who happily look after each other in their old


age. Yes, I think we are talking about not just people who are


registered carers at people in particular, whether it is in


marriage or a long-term partnership, where older people are looking after


each other. And that is something that cannot be monetised, it is part


of a loving relationship. One of the tragedy is sometimes of a caring


relationship, it can change that relationship of a husband and wife


to be one of a carer and a cared for. It can meet quite difficult


psychological impact on individuals. Is there any plans to provide


respite care for carers, particularly where there are


significant disabilities involved with the person being cared for?


Respite care is hugely important and the better care fund invites about


?130 million a year for respite care. I think giving people time out


is hugely important. I beg leave to ask the question is running in my


name on the order paper. My Lords, taking as a democracy with


multiparty elections whose Government has been democratically


elected, in some areas, progress has been made on fundamental freedoms in


recent years. But as the European Commission has highlighted, there


has also been significant backsliding. As a friend and ally,


we strongly encourage Turkey to continue to work towards the full


protection of all Civil Liberties and will continue to do so. Turkey


is a much valued member of Nato, most valued ally to this country and


vital for any solution to the crisis in the eastern Mediterranean. So


will the Minister join with me in condemning a shameless and


irresponsible lie that Turkey is joining the EU and the EU is about


to be flooded by Turkish criminals? Is not the best way of engaging


taking on civil rights and democratic governance precisely


through the EU membership negotiations? My Lords, I certainly


support the noble Lord in his wish to put the record straight, which he


has done. The Prime Minister yesterday made it clear that


although we continue to support Turkey's accession process, at their


current rate of knots, they will not achieve accession until the year


3000 and along the way, every single member of the European Union, which


includes cars, has right of veto. When can I ask my noble friend the


Minister whether representations could be made about the increasing


authoritarianism we see in Ankara these days, and in particular the


threats the HDPE party, which are arising from the recent lifting of


Parliamentary immunity, did the Minister make -- confound that


things are not helped when it seems that confidential telegrams are


leaked to the press? Will they review the level of security


governing the telegrams going to and from Ankara? My noble friend is


right to draw attention to the issue of Parliamentary impunity of MPs. I


understand that was signed into law last week and it is a matter of


concern will stop -- concern.


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