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UK businesses are failing to support employees who also act as informal carers, new research has revealed. The research found informal carers – individuals who offer some form of unpaid care to a loved one – make up almost a fifth of the country’s workforce. However, 88% of these informal carers say their employer has no policies in place to offer support, while 67% struggle…
The Queen set out the Government's agenda in the State Opening of Parliament. In the Queen’s Speech, the new Government committed to introduce an entitlement to leave for unpaid carers juggling paid work with caring responsibilities, something which Carers UK has long been campaigning for. Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said: “We know that 1 in 7 people…
Looking after staff wellbeing has become a top priority for employers in recent years, with an increasing number of organisations acknowledging that healthy and engaged staff are more likely to be productive and achieve better results.Workforce strategies that focus on mental health are on the rise and provide useful support through initiatives such as ‘Time to Talk Days’, which encourage staff members to have a…
People who look after loved ones nearing the end of their lives should be entitled to up to six months paid time off work and safeguards for their job so they can return to work, according to academics from the University of Sheffield's School of Nursing and Midwifery. The experts are seeking to support family caregivers with new research published in Palliative Medicine. The research…
here are an estimated 223,000 unpaid carers also balancing paid employment in Wales. With 1 in 7 of the workforce balancing work and care; and those numbers likely to rise with our aging population and aging workforce, it is becoming increasingly important for employers to incorporate carer friendly work practices into the workplace. Recent research shows just under 150,000 people have given up work to…