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Changes 'overdue' for Isle of Man carers

The Isle of Man government is to take "long overdue" steps to modernise its support for carers.

A charter has been formed to bring together feedback from both public and professionals, on how to improve the lives of those in caring roles.

The changes could mean carers get more training, financial advice, regular breaks and housing support.

Social Care Minister Chris Robertshaw: "If we were truly honest we would say that this charter is long overdue."

Carers are described as those who support relatives and or friends, usually without receiving payment and it is thought that three in every five people on the island will become a carer at some point in their lives.

Crossroads Care Chief Executive Jackie Betteridge said: "Support for those of us looking after our husbands, wives, parents, children or friends can improve carer health and welfare, reduce the stresses on families and improve community well-being.

"The Charter is a welcome step in the right direction and an important milestone in our drive to recognise and support carers."

The charter, which is open to public feedback until 21 September, is now available online .

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