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Action on social care needed alongside flexible working progress

14 November 2012

Carers UK has responded to the Deputy Prime Minister's announcement on Government proposals to support parents juggling work and care.

Alongside a major announcement that the right to request flexible working would be extended to all employees, Nick Clegg announced plans for new parents to be able to share maternity leave. He also spoke about the the need to take action on childcare costs and the wider costs to the economy of low participation of women in the workforce as they struggled to access the support they needed to juggle work with childcare. 

 

 

 

Responding to the announcement, Carers UK Chief Executive Heléna Herklots, said:

"Extending the right to request a more flexible working pattern is very welcome and should make it easier for families to share caring responsibilities alongside work, as well as normalising flexible working across the workforce. The Deputy Prime Minister has rightly highlighted the cost and availability of childcare as a major obstacle to women returning to work. However, our work shows that care for older and disabled loved ones is as important as childcare in enabling carers, and particularly women, to work. To support and boost the number of women in work, we also need services, including quality care and support for older and disabled people, which support caring over a life course - and which deliver a range of flexible affordable care from childcare through to eldercare.”

Find full details of the Government's proposals here...

 

 

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