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The three major political parties have committed to abolishing the Default Retirement Age. Labour's manifesto published on 12 April stated: 'As well as promoting flexible working, we will now proceed to end default retirement at 65, with a review to establishing the right way in which to support more people to work longer should they choose to do so.' The Conservatives' manifesto published the following…

Equality Bill gets through

Tuesday, 06 April 2010
The Equality Act received Royal Assent on 8 April and will take effect from the Autumn. The House of Commons accepted without a vote the various amendments made by the House of Lords to the Equality Bill and the Bill has now received Royal Assent. The new Act will introduce new rights for carers, protecting them from being discriminated against because of their caring role…
The State Pension age for women will start to rise from 60 to 65 between 2010 and 2020 (to be equal with men). From 6 April 2010 there are also two significant changes that will really benefit carers: Change to qualifying years Only 30 years of NI contributions and/or credits will be needed to get a full basic State Pension for men and women instead…

Care and Support White Paper

Monday, 29 March 2010
The White Paper on Care and Support, published on 30 March 2010, includes  proposals for a National Care Service which would overhaul the way care and support is paid for and provided. The new system would be phased in three stages: Stage One  Build on ‘the best of the current system’ through reforms that are already underway and deliver the Personal Care at Home Bill…
Employers for Carers, the forum for employers seeking to support the 1 in 7 carers in their workforce, welcomed the publication today of a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with Government covering around 1 million employees (1) The Memorandum sets out how Employers for Carers’ Leadership Group and six Government departments can work together to support implementation of the Carers’ Strategy and to ensure that all…