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One year on from the forum's launch in January 2009, Employers for Carers (EfC)'s second Networking Event for members, held 2 February 2010, was addressed by Jonathan Shaw MP, Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions. The Minister, who has responsibility for carers within DWP, updated members on the Government's progress on implementing the National Carers Strategy launched in June 2008.…

OBE for Chair of EfC

Tuesday, 05 January 2010
Caroline Waters is to be awarded an OBE for her 'services to diversity and equal opportunities'.

Review of support for working carers

Thursday, 17 December 2009
The Government has this week (15 December 2009) announced that there will be a consultation on the support for carers who combine caring with paid work, and it has also announced an increase in the earnings limit for Carer's Allowance. In the White Paper Building Britain's Recovery, published today by the Department for Work and Pensions, it says: "For people combining paid work with caring…

1 million give up work to care

Friday, 11 December 2009
One in six carers give up or cut back work to care and face a significant drop in income which can continue for several years. New research by Ipsos MORI for Carers Rights Day shows the average carer in Britain today cares for around six-and-a-half years clocking up an average of 27 hours a week. With their focus on making sure their partner, parent or…

Reaction to Queen's Speech

Thursday, 19 November 2009
The Speech contained a number of Bills that will impact on carers, including groundbreaking legislation to provide free care at home for those with the most severe disabilities.  The Personal Care at Home Bill will introduce free personal care for the 280,000 people with the most critical care needs, providing help with basic tasks such as getting out of bed, washing and dressing. This is the…