£2m to take the burden off child carers across county

Nottinghamshire County Council has pledged £2m to help disabled people buy care and take the burden off their children.

The funding will be made available to disabled parents so that they can buy in the personal support they need, and reduce the burden on their kids freeing them from heavy carer duties.

Young carers often go to school tired and unable to participate fully in lessons. Often they do not have the opportunities to join in after-school activities or socialise and this can lead to frustration and a sense of isolation.

Cllr Philip Owen, cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “We believe that all young people should have opportunities to make the most of their youth and we have made a commitment to reduce the burden on young carers so that they can enjoy their childhood without pressures and responsibilities beyond their years.”

There are 327 young people in the county supported by the Young Carers service.