ore than £4 million will be reinvested in a range of projects from training schemes for health and social care workers to access to better information.
The funding made available following cancellation of the contract for Caring with Confidence, provided training to carers as the programme did not deliver the benefits expected for the funding committed.
There are a range of new activities, one of which is a scheme that will fund voluntary organisations to reach out to carers. It will particularly focus on early contact with those who are taking on a caring role for the first time through a variety of settings such as hospitals, places of work and supermarkets.
This will build on existing networks already used to support people with specific conditions, in keeping with our overall approach to integrate carers' issues within wider health and social care provision. It will also provide carers with key information and practical advice about how to care effectively and safely for people with specific conditions.
Other projects that will be funded include:
* the Department working with the Royal College of GPs to fund a further 200 training places for GPs and practice staff; and
* £500,000 of new support each for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Crossroads Care and Carers UK to support important projects.
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said:
"Identifying and supporting carers at an early stage is critical. The financial outlook is extremely challenging so we must make sure the money we have is working harder for us.
"The Caring with Confidence contract was not good value for money. This is why I am announcing a raft of measures today, that will reinvest more than £4 million to get local authorities and the NHS spotting and responding to carers' needs earlier to prevent poor social outcomes and ill health and help them care more effectively.
"We need better information and advice, allowing people to negotiate the system more smoothly. And we need better support to help carers stay in or get back to work, as many would like to do.
"The Coalition Government is committed to improving support for carers and this funding is evidence of that.”
Chief Executive of Carers UK Imelda Redmond CBE said:
"We welcome this measure launched today. It is critical that the Coalition Government understands the vital contribution that carers make in looking after older, sick and disabled people. In times of tight public expenditure, there will be increased expectations that families will take on greater caring responsibilities.
"Our work with thousands of carers throughout the UK shows that both their health and finances suffer if they are not identified early and do not have support quickly enough. Time and time again, good information and advice comes up as a key issue that they need to keep them healthy, in work and help prevent poverty."