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  • Millions of working carers could benefit from the new rights
  • Welcomed by Carers UK and Employers for Carers

Today, Wendy Chamberlain MP, announced her intention to introduce landmark new rights for unpaid carers in the workplace with a Private Member’s Bill after coming tenth in the ballot.

The Bill, entitled the Carer’s Leave Bill, seeks to introduce a right to unpaid leave for employees with caring responsibilities.

Helen Walker, Chief Executive, Carers UK, said:

“We are really pleased that Wendy Chamberlain MP has decided to focus on the needs of unpaid carers at such a crucial time. As we learn to live with Covid-19 and during the cost of living crisis, there has never been a more important time to ensure that carers are able to juggle work and care. Although the right proposed would be unpaid, it would bring hugely important awareness to the role of unpaid carers within the workplace. For a long time, we have campaigned for carers' rights at work and we hope that this will receive strong Government support across both Houses of Parliament.

“In the longer term, we would like to see Carer’s Leave paid but passing this Bill would be a very important step in recognising and supporting carers in employment.

“We look forward to working closely with Wendy Chamberlain MP to make this Private Member’s Bill a success.”

Katherine Wilson, Head of Employers for Carers, said:

“Employers who already have Carer’s Leave in place say that it’s a win:win situation, to support and retain key employees in the workplace, helping to keep business going and avoiding extra costs. The most forward-thinking employers go one step further and have provided Carer’s Leave as a paid entitlement.”

Wendy Chamberlain MP said:

“Unpaid carers are the absolute backbone of our society. It is estimated that at least 2.3 million working carers who could be eligible for leave under this bill: a huge number of people who currently receive far too little support. This bill will help carers juggle work and care whilst supporting employers to maximise retention and wellbeing. Passing it will be a significant step forwards from all sides. I am so excited to bring forward this bill and to have the support of Carers UK on this journey.”

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