From press release: Carers UK warmly welcomes today's cross-party report from MPs on the House of Commons Select Committee which calls for important changes to support unpaid carers to stay in or return to paid work.
Supporting carers to juggle work and care makes strong economic as well as social sense. The UK economy needs people to continue working for longer but this also increases the likelihood of caring whilst working. The Committee's recommendations are both deliverable and desirable, and there is a growing expectation amongst the public that Government must do more to support carers.
Carers UK has long argued for a right to paid time off work to care and we are pleased that the Committee has called strongly upon Government to introduce this.
Today's report also has important recommendations for Government about the benefits system that could be changed to help people to juggle work and care. Carers UK has called for many years for a link between the earnings rule for Carer's Allowance and the National Living Wage. Making this change is an obvious step, along with a taper, which would prevent many from making stark choices between stopping caring, reducing or stopping work or missing out on financial support.
The Government must now move swiftly to accept and put in place the Committee's recommendations.”