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Do we care enough about carers?

Friday, 17 February 2017
Employers should consider support for employees who are also carers if they don't want to lose talented staff Carers UK released figures in December showing that every day 6,000 people become a carer – either for elderly relatives or following an accident or sudden health incident. Although the government plans to introduce extra funding for social care, it is important that employers know how to…
Employers for Carers estimates that one in nine workers are carers and one in six of these will leave the workforce due to their caring responsibilities. For Aviva UK that’s 1,700 carers, of which 300 are in danger of leaving. In the current economic climate it is an important time to retain skilled workers rather than relying on recruiting and retraining new staff. This clear…
Beverley works full-time. She does her grandchildren’s school run every morning, and spends one evening a week and every Saturday with her 85-year-old mother, who lives alone and is increasingly frail. “This isn’t how I pictured being 60. I do think, gosh, when will I be allowed to get old myself?” Beverley said. “I thought I’d be slowing down now and shedding my responsibilities, but…
Today (2nd February) the Government has published a new strategy to encourage businesses to retain, retrain and recruit older workers. Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach sets out the case for action and what the employers and the Government can do to support older workers including those who are juggling work and care or seeking to return to the labour market after time away to…
Responding to the Care Minister, David Mowat MP’s, comments to Communities and Local Government Select Committee on adult social care funding, Chief Executive of Carers UK, Heléna Herklots, CBE, said: “Most care in this country is provided by families and friends. This has always been the case and always will be. 6.5 million people in the UK are caring, unpaid for an older, disabled or…