Posted: Mon 26th Jun 2023

Review of unpaid carers support across Neath Port Talbot

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 26th, 2023

Members of Neath Port Talbot Council were given an update on the situation with unpaid carers in the borough this month, after hearing how the authority currently has the highest number of unpaid carers in Wales.
Councillors in attendance at a Social Services, Housing and Community Safety Cabinet Board on June 8, discussed how a forthcoming review of services would soon be undertaken by the Ombudsman, to assess how Neath Port Talbot Council uses third sector organisations to carry out care assessments in the area.
The cabinet also heard the results from its own review, which was carried out by officers to assess potential areas of improvement, as well as the steps that can be taken to better support unpaid carers in the borough.
The report, which was presented during National Carers Week, highlighted the importance of the provision for residents, stating how the county borough had the highest number of unpaid carers in Wales, as well as the joint highest proportion of disabled people in the country.
It read: “Neath Port Talbot local authority area has the highest proportion of people who provide any amount unpaid care. It also has the highest proportion of people who provide 50 or more hours of care a week, as well as having the joint highest proportion of disabled people in Wales.
“Furthermore, it has a high proportion of localities classified as the most deprived in Wales, and data shows a high correlation between higher percentage of people providing unpaid care in the most deprived areas.”
In response, officers said they had appointed a new principal officer within adult services in 2022, with a remit of community support services, prevention and early intervention, including the oversight of provision for unpaid carers.
It was also noted how Neath Port Talbot was unique in its delivery of unpaid carer support, as the only area that commissions all provision to a third sector provider, the Neath Port Talbot Carer Service.
While the Ombudsman will now carry out its assessment in the coming months, a number of areas for improvement have already been discussed by the local authority.
These included improving access to support by lowering waiting lists for carer assessments, as well as strengthening the connection between services for adult carers and young carers, particularly with how they are tracked as they age and progress through the system.
Other target areas focused on information sharing between social care
and the Neath Port Talbot Carers Service, along with developing a “whole-system” view of the carer’s journey. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

By BBC LDRS ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



Spotted something? Got a story? Email News@News.Wales



More from Neath Port Talbot Council

Peatland the Size of 70 Rugby Pitches Restored in Neath Port Talbot

Neath Port Talbot Council

Three Community Projects in Neath Port Talbot Approved for UK Funding

Neath Port Talbot Council

Weekend Cremation Costs in Neath Port Talbot’s Margam Crematorium to be Reduced in 2024

Neath Port Talbot Council

Approval Granted for Increased Rotor Diameter on Wind Turbines in Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot Border Wind Farm Site

Neath Port Talbot Council

Demolition plans submitted for Neath Port Talbot road bridge at Global Centre for Rail Excellence

Neath Port Talbot Council

Devastating Blow for Neath as Marks & Spencer Announces Closure in May

Neath Port Talbot Council

Latest from News.Wales

Plans to Build New Homes on Derelict Farm in Wrexham Village Likely to be Rejected

Wrexham Council

Plea for Extensive Training on Social Media Made After Councillor’s Viral Rant

Torfaen Council

Blaenau Gwent Council Budget Tweaks Result in Lower Than Expected Council Tax Rise

Blaenau Gwent Council

Protest forces cancellation of LGBTQI campaigner Peter Tatchell’s talk in Gwent town

Monmouthshire Council

Former World Champion Darts Player Gerwyn Price Granted Permission for New Fish and Chip Shop

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre Office to HMO Conversion Raises Concerns

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council