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Carers Week 2010

Sunday, 13 June 2010
An estimated 12,000 events and activities are taking place around the UK this week as part of Carers Week 2010. No life of my own: the fate of the UK’s carers ... More than three-quarters (76%) of people looking after an ill, frail or disabled loved one do not have a life outside of their caring role, according to new research issued to launch Carers…
Response from Carers UK: Carers UK has welcomed two measures which will not be subject to legislation but are nevertheless positive – the extension of the right to request flexible working to all workers and the establishment of an independent Commission on social care. Most carers currently have the right to request flexible working but up to 79,000 do not because of the way that…
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have published a document setting out agreements reached on a range of issues. These include: the establishment of a commission on long-term care, an extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees, the phasing out of the default retirement age, a rise in the state pension age and changes to welfare to work programmes. 'The Coalition: programme…

Global debate on care crisis

Sunday, 18 April 2010
Caroline Waters OBE, Director, People and Policy for BT Group and Chair of Employers for Carers will be speaking at the 5th International Carers Conference 2010: New Frontiers in Caring, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 9th July 2010. Hosted by Carers UK and the University of Leeds from 8th – 11th July the conference will feature, among others, eminent speakers from Japan, Europe…
The three major political parties have committed to abolishing the Default Retirement Age. Labour's manifesto published on 12 April stated: 'As well as promoting flexible working, we will now proceed to end default retirement at 65, with a review to establishing the right way in which to support more people to work longer should they choose to do so.' The Conservatives' manifesto published the following…