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Carers UK welcomes focus on caring in report on gender pay gap

22 March 2016

Today, the Women and Equalities Select Committee has published its report on the Gender Pay Gap [1]. The report recommends the introduction of a period of care leave, alongside other measures to support carers in work. Carers UK submitted evidence which is included in the report [2].

Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy at Carers UK, said:

“Over 2 million people in the UK have given up work to care. We know that this is often due to the difficulty and exhaustion of juggling work and family responsibilities without the right support from employers and local services.
“Carers UK has long campaigned for carers to have the right to a short period of paid time off work to care for their loved ones, so we are delighted that the Committee has recommended the immediate introduction of six weeks ‘Carer’s Leave’. This will help working carers to both stay in work and support their loved one well.
“We also welcome the Committee’s recommendations to make all jobs flexible ‘by default’ and to introduce better support for women over 40 returning to the workplace. With 1 in 4 women aged 50-64 having caring responsibilities, this extra support would deliver real progress towards helping carers overcome the significant barriers they face to staying in, and finding, work.
“The time has come for Government to take action – not only is our ageing population putting an ever-increasing demand on health and care services, but carers being forced to leave the workforce is costing the economy £5.3 billion a year. We hope this report, and its recommendations, can act as a springboard for the development of the new cross-Government Carers Strategy, due to be published later this year.”




[1] House of Commons, Women and Equalities Select Committee, Gender Pay Gap: Second Report of Session 2015-16:  


[2] Carers UK evidence to Women and Equalities Committee Gender Pay Gap Inquiry:

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