Bill Wiggin MP met with Herefordshire parent carers last week to discuss bills making their way through Parliament.

On Friday 6 December in Hereford, Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire met with members of Parent Carer Voice to discuss their desire to have a ‘carers assessment’ included in either the Care Bill or the Children and Families Bill.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “Carers do a wonderful job often in very difficult circumstances, especially parent carers who are devoting their time to helping a loved one.

“I had a very enjoyable discussion with members of Parent Carer Voice in which they raised a number of points about current legislation passing through the House of Commons.

Bill Wiggin MP with Herefordshire Carers

“I am happy to support Parent Carer Voice and I will be sure to raise their concerns with the Government.”

Since young carers recently won the right to an assessment of their needs, parent carers remain the only group yet to have such an entitlement enshrined in law.

Heather Pyne, Chair of Parent Carer Voice, said: “I asked Bill Wiggin MP to join our call for parent carers to have equal rights as young carers and carers of adults.”

During their discussions with Bill Wiggin MP and Jesse Norman MP, for Hereford and South Herefordshire, members of Parent Carer Voice also asked them to push the Chancellor George Osborne for more support for working carers through the ‘Carers Allowance’ and a better financial settlement for Herefordshire as cuts are affecting vital services which families rely on.