Barbara has welcomed confirmation from the Government that questions on carers will be included in the 2011 census.
Barbara has acted as a Parliamentary champion for carers and she was keen to ensure that the questions on caring were not left out of the next census.
Carers face a variety of challenges, but many carers go unidentified. The 2011 census will update official data on the lives of the British people, which will shape many aspects of Government policy for years to come. Barbara has been campaigning with colleagues to ensure that carers can be identified through the census, and Treasury Minister Angela Eagle has confirmed that the Government has now secured the £25 million necessary to fund an additional page of census questions.
Barbara, Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on carers, said:
”This is great news for the thousands of carers in Worsley and for six million carers in Britain. This will mean that the number of carers in Britain can be properly identified, along with the type of caring they do. The Government is committed to meeting the needs of carers, but to do it properly the right information needs to be available and this is a big step forward. The data on carers collected in the 2011 census will be vital to informing the Prime Minister’s new National Carers Strategy, which will make a real difference to the lives of carers.”