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People who look after both children and older relatives are struggling to cope with these caring responsibilities alongside their jobs, according to BHSF Its research, which surveyed 1,000 employees with caring responsibilities, revealed that many people who fall into this category of ‘sandwich carers' are at breaking point. Almost half (44%) said they often find managing their responsibilities hard, and 16% said that it’s almost…
The National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE) has today published draft guidelines for local authorities and health and social care practitioners on supporting unpaid carers. The guidelines include directing carers to appropriate financial and emotional support, as well as encouraging them to discuss supportive working arrangements with their employers. NICE has also recommended introducing peer support groups and appointing a carers’ champion…
Today (Tuesday 9th July) we have released the findings of our State of Caring survey which show the huge personal and financial cost of caring unpaid for a loved one. On top of providing tens of hours of care every week for family members or friends, more than two thirds (68%) of carers are using their own income or savings to cover the cost of…
The Government Equalities Office has today (3rd July 2019) released a roadmap for gender equality in the UK. In it, the Government commits to advancing gender equality in the workplace. It will consult on care leave for those who are balancing work and unpaid care and will support employers to improve their offer to carers. Responding to the Government’s launch of the roadmap ‘Gender Equality…
Employers for Carers is a forum for employers committed to developing good practice to support the 1 in 7 people at work who are caring for ill, frail or disabled family members or friends. The Elder Magazine talked to Katherine Wilson, who played a key role in setting up Employers for Carers ten years ago, about the compelling business case for better support for working…