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Mencap welcomes new legal duty to provide short breaks

Mencap welcomes the government proposal to create a new duty on local authorities to help parents caring for disabled children by giving them breaks from their caring responsibilities.

Short breaks provide an essential opportunity for carers to recharge their batteries, and give disabled children and young people additional opportunities to access positive activities independently of their families.

This new amendment will allow improvements in services over the next few years to be embedded for the future.

Mencap's president, Lord Rix and other peers have been debating this issue in the House of Lords and are pleased that the government has responded so positively:

"This is an important amendment to the Children and Young Person’s Bill and Regulations will help clarify the new legal duty. Where families with disabled children have full time caring responsibilities, short breaks are essential. Short break services should therefore be on a statutory footing to reflect their vital importance. I am confident my fellow peers will agree on this matter and that we shall see legislative change for disabled children."

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Posted by, Asif Yusuf

 

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