Carers set to get a share of £33m

Voluntary organisations for carers expect to receive a substantial part of a £33m pot of government money announced last week.

Ivan Lewis, the care services minister, said most of the funding, which is for projects that provide respite for carers in emergency situations, would be distributed to local authorities.

But Crossroads Caring for Carers and Carers UK both said they expected a large portion of this money to go to the voluntary sector.

About £25m will be given to councils, £3m will be used to set up a helpline for carers and £5m will be used to establish a carers training programme.

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