Caring Together is supporting a Carer’s Leave Bill which would see people balancing caring with paid work have the right to request unpaid carer’s leave.
The Bill will give employees who are unpaid carers the right to one week’s unpaid leave for caring purposes and anything connected to their caring role.
Through our carer helpline and hubs, we have heard from carers who have been forced to give up work because they are not supported to remain in their jobs alongside caring for a family member. This has a huge impact on their families, the businesses they worked for and the wider economy.
Now life has got even tougher with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, that’s why it’s even more important to support carers in work.
Whilst we believe that carer’s leave should be paid, we see the Employment (Caring Leave) Bill due to have its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 9 September, as a first step to achieving that aim. It would:
- Give over two million carers clear rights in the workplace.
- Improve awareness of the need to support carers with employers.
- Help prevent carers needing to use annual leave because of their caring responsibilities.
- Ensure that for parents of disabled children, rights to take planned time off for caring would not stop when their child turns 18.
Write to your local MP
We are asking carers and those who support them to write to their local MP to tell them how this would help and ask them to support the Bill.
You can also email us about your experiences of balancing caring with paid employment, or if you write and get a reply from your MP.