According to Employers for Carers, the UK has over 3 million working carers - that is 1 in 7 of the workforce. Most people’s lives will include at least one period of caring, and the number of carers is expected to increase from 6 to 9 million in the next 30 years. Most carers are aged 30 to 64, when many have gained valuable skills and experience. It therefore makes sound business sense to support working carers.
Employers for Carers has evolved from the group of employers who are committed to working carers, it is chaired by BT and supported by the specialist knowledge of Carers UK. They provide advice to employers, promote the benefits of supporting carers and work with the Government to deliver the National Carers Strategy launched in 2008. For further information go to the Employers for Carers website https://www.employersforcarers.org/ Phone: 020 7378 4956 or
The Work and Families Act 2006 details carers’ rights with regard to flexible working. For further information on employees’ rights, go to www.gov.uk or, if a dispute has arisen with a working carer, you may wish to contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) on 0300 123 1100.