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The government has been urged to act on the Conservative Party’s 2017 pledge to introduce specific employment rights for working carers, such as statutory leave, to help keep them in the workplace. Those who provide 50 hours or more care per week are around 36% less likely to be employed compared with those without caring responsibilities, the Work Foundation has found in a new report.…
New research shows that unpaid carers’ finances worsen the longer they’re caring for a loved one Half of people caring for more than 15 years and struggling financially are having to cut back on food or heating UK's leading carers’ charity urges local authorities and employers to provide accessible information on carers’ rights Caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is older or…
Thinking Ahead is a free online resource that aims to prepare people for the potential costs involved in caring for a family member or loved one, and highlights key issues for carers in work. It explains what sources of support are available and steps that can be taken to reduce the financial impact of caring. It has been developed through the Money Advice Service’s What…
The Government Equalities Office is to shift its focus to helping women who are economically inactive or are in low-paid or low-skilled jobs achieve a better economic outcome. Penny Mordaunt, minister for women and equalities, will today announce a drive to better support women who are “trapped into limiting their hours or income”; are economically inactive because of caring responsibilities; or are in lower paid…
Centrica, member of Employers for Carers, estimates that UK companies could save up to £4.8 billion a year in unplanned absences and a further £3.4 billion in improved employee retention by adopting flexible working policies to support those with caring responsibilities. According to Carers UK, one in eight adults are informal carers, meaning they provide unpaid care for a friend or family member. With over…