THE CARERS AND DISABLED CHILDREN ACT 2000
This act takes the rights of carers further than the 1995 Act and develops the intentions of the national strategy to improve the support and care carers receive in their own right.
The Carers and Disabled Children Act extends the rights of carers in the following ways:
• Carers have the right to ask for an assessment even if the disabled person refused services or an assessment
• Local authorities can provide services to meet carers own needs, it makes provision for extending the voucher schemes for breaks thus extending flexibility and empowering carers through giving them more choice
• It provides greater opportunities for the development of direct payments for carer’s own services, as well as parents of disabled children and young disabled people between 16/17 years old
The act also makes provision for the Local Authority to charge for carer services and this could be a major disincentive for carers to take up the benefits of the Act.