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Consultation Response

Response to Women and Equalities Committee on Older People and Employment

11 December 2017

Carers UK's submission of written evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry on Older People and Employment.

The response included recommendations for Government action on areas including employment rights, social care, social security and support to enter, or return to, work.

According to the 2011 Census, 1 in 9 employees in any workplace, an estimated 3 million people, are juggling paid work and care. Carers UK’s own polling, carried out by YouGov, suggests over 2 million people have given up work at some point to care for loved ones and 3 million have reduced working hours.[i]

As both the Committee and the Fuller Working Lives strategy identifies, by 2022 one in three of the working population will be aged 50 or over.[ii]

What is more striking is that, according to the 2011 Census, one in five people aged 50 or above are carers today. An ageing population and workforce will mean a greater proportion of the working age population are likely to provide unpaid care in future years.

 

[i] Carers UK and YouGov (2013) as part of Caring & Family Finances Inquiry UK Report (2014) Carers UK 

[ii] DWP Fuller Working Lives A Partnership Approach 

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