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Equal rights for carers

Wednesday, 01 April 2009
Discrimination against carers to be outlawed in forthcoming Bill The Government has today announced that it intends to ban discrimination against carers by protecting people who are ‘associated with’ someone who is disabled. This will apply in employment and in the provision of goods, facilities and services. The announcement was made in a written statement by the Minister for Women and Equality Rt Hon Harriet…
Carers UK and Lloydspharmacy have signed a new partnership agreement - working together to provide health advice and information to improve carers' health. According to research conducted last year by Carers UK, a staggering 95% of those carers questioned said they regularly cover up or disguise the fact that their health is suffering in order to continue with their caring responsibilities. Worryingly, one-fifth (19%) of these carers said…
Sixty people including carers, health charities and government attended the launch on February 16th of a new online information service for carers, Carers Direct, held at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre on London’s South Bank. David Behan, Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Social Care Partnerships Directorate at the Dept. of Health introduced the launch, which included a live demonstration of Carers Direct by…

Vote for Caroline

Sunday, 01 March 2009
Caroline Waters, Chair of Employers for Carers, is on the shortlist for HR Magazine's Human Resources Excellence Awards 2009. She is one of ten Human Resources directors who have been nominated for their groundbreaking work over the past twelve months. Caroline Waters is Director of People and Policy at BT (British Telecom) and has been tireless in her efforts to demonstrate that flexible working is good…

Care Vouchers Scheme

Thursday, 26 February 2009
Care vouchers recommendations are ‘unfinished business’ say employers. Ahead of a parliamentary debate today (Thursday 26 Feb) on the government’s response to the Work & Pensions Select Committee’s report: ‘Valuing and Supporting Carers’, employers have come together to urge an immediate re-examination of the Committee’s proposals in support of Care Vouchers. Care Vouchers are designed to help employees who care for someone who is ill,…