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In the UK unpaid carers can request flexible working hours, time off and leave for care, but paid leave is subject to negotiation between employers and employees, rather than a guaranteed right. Carers UK is urging the Government to improve rights for people juggling work and care by introducing a new right of five to 10 days paid care leave, as well as a period…

DHSC blog: Care with confidence

Thursday, 14 February 2019
Anita Wadhawan (Department of Health and Social Care, Carers policy team), led the work on developing Carer Confident on behalf of the department. Here she explains the background to its creation and why schemes like these make such a positive difference in working carers’ lives… Last month, our Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage attended the launch of Carer Confident in Westminster, a new employer benchmarking…
New research by Carers UK reveals that 2.6 million have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million (468,000) leaving their job in the last two years alone - more than 600 people a day. This is a 12 per cent increase since Carers UK and YouGov polled the public in 2013.…
Employers for Carers (EfC), celebrated its 10th anniversary this week and marked the occassion with the launch of Carer Confident, the first UK-wide employer benchmarking scheme of its kind. This pioneering scheme recognises and accredits UK employers who have built carer friendly and inclusive workplaces. Over the last decade, EfC has gone from strength to strength, with a membership today of over 115 organisations from…
More than two in five (41 per cent) ‘sandwich carers’ feel unable to work at all or as much as they would like, statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed. In its latest Understanding Society survey, the ONS found a third of respondents who care for both sick, disabled or older relatives as well as dependent children, were “just getting by” financially.…