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Carers UK's response to Government's Carer's Leave consultation

03 August 2020

Carers UK welcomed the Government’s consultation to introduce 5 days Carer’s Leave for employees in paid employment. Our submission sets out why this would be a vital step in helping both business and families providing care to disabled, older and ill relatives and friends to continue working.

We recongise that the proposal will deliver positive benefits, we believe this would be even more effective if the leave was paid. We also believe that Government should commit to staged increases to 10 days paid leave, with a longer period of unpaid leave of up to six months.

We have strong evidence that Carer’s Leave:

  • helps unpaid carers to juggle work and care;
  • provides benefits for business in retaining skilled employees;
  • positively changes workplace culture to be more family friendly and inclusive;  
  • helps support the NHS and social care more broadly.

We believe that during and post COVID-19 this is more important than ever for families, businesses, and the economy. At a time when the NHS and social care system are under extreme pressure, family support has been relied on more than ever.

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