A SURVEY has been launched asking unpaid carers on the Isle of Wight how they feel about the support they receive, ahead of a re-commissioning of services.

The Isle of Wight Council currently commissions Carers Isle of Wight to provide support to unpaid carers.

The provision is funded by the Improved Better Care Fund grant, but the funding will end in spring 2020.

The council said it will re-commission its service for carers to ensure their needs are met.

Cabinet member for adult social care, Cllr Clare Mosdell, said: "We recognise the value that carers provide in supporting vulnerable people to live independently, fulfilling lives.

"It is important to the council that carers are respected and given the opportunity to have their support needs looked at and met where possible.

"The survey has been designed to help carers let us know their needs and how they are currently supported so they can be supported better in the long term, so I would urge carers to give their views."

An unpaid carer is someone who, without a wage, supports a relative, partner or friend who could not manage without that support.

The person receiving support could have a physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction.

The survey is open from today (Monday, August 12) until midday on Friday, September 20.

It can be viewed at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CarersSupportSurvey2019.