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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…
It was early evening, and Rebekah Zammett was about to leave her north Oxfordshire home to work a nightshift looking after teenagers at a local residential institution. But then a thud came from the bedroom of her son Jack, who has cerebral palsy. The then eight-year-old was having a seizure - one of dozens he experienced every day. Critical questions ran through her mind as…
4.68 million unpaid carers concerned for physical and mental health 2:2 million carers worried about ability to cope financially More care is being provided than ever before – even more than during the height of the pandemic Overwhelming public support for more Government action to help unpaid carers Carers Week charities are calling for an urgent 12-month plan of targeted support for unpaid carers, as…
Carers UK today welcomed an amendment to the Health and Care Bill which was passed in the Commons having been brought forward by the Government. This places a new duty on NHS hospital trusts in England to ensure that unpaid carers are involved as soon as feasible when plans for the patient’s discharge are being made. The amendment covers all carers of adults needing care…
“I am anxious & scared of what our living costs will be in the coming months. I’m unable to sleep and worried about surviving” (an unpaid carer, February 2022). Just under half (45%) of unpaid carers are currently unable to manage their monthly expenses, the latest research by Carers UK has revealed. A UK-wide survey of 3,300 unpaid carers was carried out by the charity…