EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has joined a parliamentary group advocating for carers’ rights.

She is now an officer in the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for carers.

“I have previously worked with ministers to give greater recognition to those who do the job and who are often unpaid.

Back in 2020, I urged the care minister Helen Whately to prioritise unpaid carers for Covid vaccinations and they were given priority back in early 2021.

I am really pleased to join this group and I hope in doing so I will advance the recognition and rights of carers both paid and unpaid here in Eastbourne and Willingdon and also across the country. 

The job carers do is often unheralded and unpaid but it is an absolutely vital part of our society. Without them, the system would be overwhelmed.

The Government recognises this and I hope to persuade ministers whenever I can to put the interests of carers at the forefront of initiatives and reform of the care sector.

The APPG is chaired by Dame Caroline Dinenage MP – former and inaugural Minister for Care from 2018 to 2020. We worked together when I presented Lauren Backler’s petition for equalising the bowel cancer screening age a few years back and also on care issues in the constituency before I was re-elected. 

I’ll continue to work with local groups such as Care for the Carers East Sussex – my lockdown meeting with CEO Jennifer Twist is above – who estimate 10% of the town’s population is a carer in some form. 

They provide helpful resources and training – all my team have undertaken this to help support carers. If you know a carer who needs help please do pass on their details.”