CARERS in Huddersfield have welcomed a new law to help them.
The Kirklees Carers' Strategy Group is delighted that the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill has gone through Parliament and will improve the rights of carers when it comes into force next April.
Under the new law, carers will now have to be told about their rights and have more opportunities for work, education and leisure.
There will also be greater collaboration between statutory services, to help them in their caring roles.
Clr Dennis Hullock, Kirklees Council Cabinet member with responsibility for health and social care, said: "Support for carers should be in all aspects of their lives. The council is committed to working with our partners to improve access to leisure, cash support and work opportunities for carers.
"This legislation is a very positive step forward for carers."
A spokeswoman for umbrella group Carers UK, said: "This new law is a tremendous step forward for carers, giving them vital new rights, creating a new culture and changing the way carers are viewed.
"It will benefit tens of thousands of carers every year."