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A report published today (11 October 2010) by the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlights the challenges faced by carers. The Equality and Human Rights Commission Triennial Review highlights the challenges faced by carers in the light of the ageing population as one of the key risks to equality that is likely to increase over the coming years unless we take action to address this.…
New return to work advice for carers The Government’s adult careers service Next Step is now providing a new online service, helping adults make choices about which skills and courses are best suited to them. The website includes advice for carers seeking to return to work: https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/HelpAdviceandMoney/adviceforyoursituation/carers/Pages/default.aspx It is part of a wider support programme, which also includes face to face and telephone services, offering…

Millions of carers to gain new rights

Thursday, 30 September 2010
Today (1 October 2010), millions of people caring unpaid for disabled people gained new rights under the Equality Act 2010 which will mean that they cannot be directly discriminated against or harrassed because they are caring for someone who is disabled. Statement from Carers UK: Imelda Redmond CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said, "We often hear of situations where carers have been treated less…

Family friendly working - next steps

Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Plans to make it easier for people to balance work and family life were set out by Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey today (30 September 2010). The Minister signalled the Government's intention to bring forward proposals to create more flexible, family friendly workplaces. He announced that: the right to request flexible working will be extended to parents of children under 18 from April 2011 –…

National Carers Strategy Refresh

Wednesday, 22 September 2010
The Government has announced its intention to refresh the National Carers Strategy and put together an action plan for the next five years. Paul Burstow MP, Minister for Care Services, has said that the vision from the last Strategy in 2008 will remain, but that a new action plan will outline the "key activities upon which the Government can focus" to "ensure maximum value for…