It’s making sure we listen

by Antonia

Better Lives for People in Leeds

Dame Philippa, along with fellow members of the Standing Commission on Carers meeting carers and guests during their visit Dame Philippa, along with fellow members of the Standing Commission on Carers meeting carers and guests during their visit

Earlier this week, Leeds hosted a visit from four members of the Standing Commission on Carers. As part of the visit I took the opportunity to ask Dame Phillipa Russell (Chair), Anne Smyth (Deputy Chair), Robina Mallett (Member) and Dawn O’Rooke (Member) to share some of their thoughts about the work they do and their visit to Leeds.

Could you tell us about the role of the Standing Commission on Carers?
Dame Phillipa Russell – In 2007 the former prime minister, Gordon Brown, decided we needed a new carers strategy. What he wanted was a kind of observatory for carers to bring together different carers, professionals, local and national government. He wanted the commission to really think how we could develop a strong support system for carers that recognised the contribution…

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