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Carers UK welcomes Cross Party report from MPs on support for working carers and urges Government to accept recommendations

17 May 2018

Carers UK warmly welcomes today's cross-party report from MPs on the House of Commons Select Committee which calls for important changes to support unpaid carers to stay in or return to paid work.

Carers UK welcomes Cross-Party report from MPs on support for working carers and urges Government to accept recommendations

Carers UK warmly welcomes today's cross-party report from MPs which calls for important changes to support unpaid carers to stay in or return to paid work.

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy, who gave evidence to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, said:

"A staggering 3 million {1} people juggle a paid job with caring for an older or disabled loved one. Too often we see a negative impact on their health and wellbeing and over 2 million {2} have given up work to care with potentially devastating impacts on their finances. It's time that our workplaces reflect the reality of how we live now. Government has an important role to play in fostering change by setting an example as a carer friendly employer, and by putting the necessary rights, entitlements and support systems in place for carers.

Supporting carers to juggle work and care makes strong economic as well as social sense. The UK economy needs people to continue working for longer but this also increases the likelihood of caring whilst working. The Committee's recommendations are both deliverable and desirable, and there is a growing expectation amongst the public that Government must do more to support carers.

Carers UK has long argued for a right to paid time off work to care and we are pleased that the Committee has called strongly upon Government to introduce this.

Today's report also has important recommendations for Government about the benefits system that could be changed to help people to juggle work and care. Carers UK has called for many years for a link between the earnings rule for Carer's Allowance and the National Living Wage. Making this change is an obvious step, along with a taper, which would prevent many from making stark choices between stopping caring, reducing or stopping work or missing out on financial support.

The Government must now move swiftly to accept and put in place the Committee's recommendations.”

 

 

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Notes to Editors:
{1}Census 2011

{2} Carers UK and You Gov poll 2012 https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/news/research-reveals-over-2-million-quit-work-to-care

Carers UK’s written evidence to the report is at:
https://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/response-to-work-and-pensions-committee-s-support-for-carers-inquiry 

The Work and Pensions Select Committee Response is at:
https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news-parliament-2017/suppoert-for-carers-report-published-17-19/ 

Employers for Carers Forum:
Carers UK and major businesses set up Employers for Carers, offering help to employers to retain the 1 in 9 employees who are caring for a family member. Employers for Carers is a forum of employers – large and small – supported by the specialist knowledge of Carers UK. Our Employers for Carers network is over 100 businesses which cover over 1 million employees.
www.employersforcarers.org/ 

 

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