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Carers UK backs ippr report

21 December 2007

Carers UK has welcomed the launch today of ippr's report: "Care in a new welfare society: Unpaid care, welfare and employment".

The report calls for reform of both welfare and work policies and adds to the current debate about making carers benefits fit for purpose for the 21st Century.

Commenting on the report, Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

"Carers UK are delighted to have been project partners on this important report. Current welfare and employment systems do not support people to combine work and care and access a decent standard of living. We have long called for Carer's Allowance to become a true income-replacement benefit, not the seriously inadequate payment it is at present. Earlier this month we published new statistics showing that the average loss in earnings last year by carers who had either to give up their job, reduce their hours or take a more junior position in order to care for sick, frail or disabled relatives or partners, was £11,050. Yet financial compensation through Carer's Allowance - for those who are eligible - is just £48.65 a week. It is vital that there is an effective and coherent benefits system which supports all carers, including those who need, or wish, to work. "

"Extending rights to care leave and the right to request flexible working to all employees would also be an important step to secure a better deal for carers - and for everyone in promoting a modern, flexible and multiskilled workforce".

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