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All Party Parliamentary Group on Carers

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Joined: 09/03/2009

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Carers is an officially registered all party group in Parliament. Following high profile work throughout the last Parliament it was reconstituted in June 2010.

Current Officers

Joint-Chairs: Tony Baldry MP and Baroness Jill Pitkeathley


Vice-Chairs:  Dr Hywel Francis MP, Tim Farron MPand Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP


Honorary Secretary: Alex Cunningham MP


Honorary Treasurer: Cathie Jamieson MP


Terms of Reference


To ensure the equality of opportunity for carers in the UK by liaising with carers organisations, lobbying Government and promoting legislation on their behalf; to promote awareness amongst members of both Houses of the needs of carers and former carers; to liaise with members of the devolved administrations within the UK in order to share best practice; and to link with appropriate bodies, including carers organisations, on an international basis.


Meetings of the Group are held on a quarterly basis. Individuals and representatives from external organisations are welcome to attend as observers. Previous meetings have focused on issues such as lifelong learning, carers’ health, pensions and how to support carers to combine work and care.

Carers UK provide the Secretariat for the Group. If you would like to be added to the list to receive notification of meetings and copies of minutes please email

You can find information about future meetings and download minutes of previous meetings below. 



APPG on Carers: Report 2005 - 2010

Reporting on the activity of the APPG on Carers throughout the 2005 - 2010 parliament.

Minutes of meeting on 6th January 2010

The first of two APPG meetings in the lead up to the general election. The meeting focussed on education, work and benefits, and the Group heard evidence from speakers about the progress that was made for carers in the 2005-2010 parliament and what they believe the priorities should be for the future.

Minutes of APPG AGM 2009

The AGM heard from Professor Luke Clements from Cardiff Law School, an expert in carers and the law.

Minutes of meeting on 20th May 2009

Including a discussion on the Equality Bill with Vera Baird MP, Solicitor General

Statement of support for the Equality Bill

At its meeting on 20th May 2009, members of the APPG agreed to issue a statement of support for the Equality Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament.

Minutes of meeting on 25th February 2009

Items discussed included carers and welfare reform, Primary Care Trust funding for breaks, and the Saving Gateway Accounts Bill.

Minutes of APPG AGM 2008

Ministers Anne McGuire MP and Ivan Lewis MP both attended to take part in a discussion about the National Carers Strategy, along with Imelda Redmond from Carers UK and Professor Sue Yeandle from the University of Leeds.