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Queen's Speech December 2019: what it means for carers

20 December 2019

This briefing sets out the most relevant pieces of legislation in the Queen’s Speech for unpaid carers, and Carers UK’s view.

The Queen’s Speech opens a new session of Parliament, and sets out the legislative plans doe the next session. This year’s speech set out over 30 new bills. Alongside Bills relating to Brexit, there are proposed Bills on the NHS funding and to implement the NHS Long Term Plan an Employment Bill and a key mention of creating a cross party solution to reform of social care.

Carers UK welcomed the announcement of measures to introduce a new entitlement to one weeks leave for unpaid carers. We have tirelessly campaigned for the introduction of the right to care leave, which believe this should be paid, to support the 5 million working carers.

Read the text of the full speech and background briefings on the proposals in the Queen’s Speech December 2019 visit: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/
system/uploads/attachment_data/file/853886/Queen_s_Speech
_December_2019_-_background_briefing_notes.pdf

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