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EfC member, The Centre for Ageing Better, is working for change. Not just to help people enjoy a better quality of life in their later years, but also to support its employees with caring responsibilities. As Sharon Daley, Director of Operations and Finance, explains: “We’re an ageing population and more people have caring responsibilities. That needs supporting from employers. As an organisation, we aim to…
Supporting carers in the workforce contributes to better financial stability for the carer and improved productivity for the employer, writes Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK, and the voluntary sector should be leading the way Juggling work and caring unpaid for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill can be a challenging balancing act – it’s a lot to handle but…
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.…