Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

The new Care and Children and Families Acts could impact on you

by Steve Beasant on 1 June, 2015

If you look after someone who is ill or disabled or you need extra support yourself, thinking about the things you might be legally entitled to isn’t always your top priority. You may not know that the law has changed recently. Young carers, and young people with care and support needs and their carers, now have additional rights under two new pieces of legislation – the Care Act and the Children and Families Act.

The new laws could affect you and it’s important to know where you stand.

A free, informal information event is being held on June 2nd for young carers, people under 25 with needs, and those who care for them. Other family members are also welcome to come along and get their questions or concerns answered by a national expert on rights around care and support.

Professor Luke Clements has written a number of books on the rights of disabled people and their carers. Luke was Special Advisor to the Parliamentary Committee which scrutinised the Bill that became the Care Act. He will be answering questions about the new law. Health and social care organisations including North East Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, focus independent adult social work and the Parent Participation Forum will also be on hand to talk about what’s on offer for local people.

The event will be very relaxed, with the chance to enjoy tea/coffee and cake with like-minded people who may have shared many of the same experiences.

“It can be really confusing knowing what help you’re entitled to ask for,” said young carer Autumn Beard. “When you’re busy taking care of other people, you don’t really have time to sit down and take these things in.

“But now the law has changed and there are new rights for carers, it’s really important to understand what they mean for you. This event will be a great chance to learn from the experts.”

The event takes place at Grimsby Town Hall on Tuesday 2nd June from 5.30pm until 8pm (Luke will be answering questions from 6pm).

To find out more and to book a free place online please visit

If you are unable to book online, ring 0300 3000 662.

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