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Elderly care: Norman Lamb urges greater family role

People will need to take greater responsibility for the care of elderly relatives in the future, health minister Norman Lamb said.

Norman Lamb Norman Lamb said the state must continue to provide care where families could not

Mr Lamb said pressure on government budgets meant families would have to play an increased role in care.

He said the government had also taken £7.2bn from health to help local councils provide social care.

Mr Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, where a third of constituents are over 65, was speaking to the BBC’s Inside Out.

“What’s happening in my own constituency makes me acutely aware of the changes we face,” said Mr Lamb.

‘Crazy situation’

“The truth is that the government has an absolute responsibility to ensure that older people get the care that they need so that they can grow old in dignity and respect, and it means that we have to fund the carers that are available to look after those people,” he said.

Norwich young carers on the Broads

By stephen pullinger broads correspondent
Monday, October 15, 2012
8:42 AM

Taking part in fun activities on the Broads has been a rite of passage for generations of youngsters growing up in Norfolk.

Young carers at How Hill

Young carers at How Hill

However, for one group of eight to 13 year olds visiting How Hill, near Ludham, on Saturday, a boat trip and adventure on the marshes were far removed from their everyday lives.

For the children are all members of Norwich Young Carers and take on responsibilities beyond their years in helping to look after sick or disabled parents or siblings.

For Georgina Mason, 11, it meant a day off from helping her mother, Lisa, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a disabled scooter; for Joshua O’Toole, nine, it meant a break from supporting his disabled father, Mark who has to use sticks to walk; for Sophie Peach, 10, it meant a day away from helping to care for her 12-year-old brother, Sammy, who has learning difficulties.

Keeping Abreast’s Norwich awareness day at Chapelfield

Monday, October 15, 2012
11:27 AM

A Norfolk breast cancer charity will be offering shoppers advice and raising awareness about the work it does at a city shopping centre this week.

On Friday, October 19, staff and volunteers from Norfolk-based charity, Keeping Abreast, will be at Chapelfield Shopping Centre all day to help raise awareness of the work they do with women throughout the UK with breast cancer.

Visitors to their trademark bright pink stand will have the opportunity to meet with patients who have been through or are currently battling breast cancer, and have had or are about to undergo surgery, and talk to them about their experiences.