EfC members were joined by two government ministers - Edward Davey MP, Minister for Employment Relations at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions at a networking event hosted by the Metropolitan Police on 14.10.10.
Maria Miller, who has responsibility for carers within DWP, recognised key issues of concern to employers, including the need for accessible employment, welfare and wider support services, to enable employees with caring responsibilities to remain in, and return to, work. She also welcomed the fact that DWP had joined EfC as an employer organisation in order to improve support for carers within its own workforce.
Ed Davey highlighted the relevance of – and benefits to – employers of flexibility both in the workplace and in service provision including in employment, education and wider care and support services. He also recognised the crucial role that EfC is playing, alongside government and other agencies, in making the business case to other employers for supporting and retaining carers in the workplace.
In the light of the Government’s forthcoming update of the national Carers’ Strategy later this year, both Ministers indicated their support in principle for the development of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the six Carers’ Strategy signatory departments and EfC’s Leadership Group earlier this year.
Hosted on the 30th floor of the Met’s HQ, the event provided members and invited guests with the opportunity to discuss topical issues and network informally while enjoying spectacular views of London!