The Government, through the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is currently consulting on a proposal to give employees a week of unpaid leave each year to provide unpaid care. We want to encourage and support a large and positive response with a wide range of evidence from organisations across the sector, and from employers more widely.
The deadline for responding to this consultation is 3 August 2020:
- You can respond online here: https://beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/lm/carersleave
- Or email a response to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Briefing from Carer's UK
We have welcomed Government’s intention and pledge to introduce Carer’s Leave for employees in paid employment, as a vital step in helping both business and families and friends providing care to disabled, older and ill relatives and friends to continue working. Government has said that they intend this right to be one week’s unpaid leave. Whilst Carers UK recognises that this would still deliver positive benefits, we believe this would be even more effective if this was paid. We also believe that Government should commit to staged increases to 10 days paid leave, with a longer period of unpaid leave of up to six months.
We believe that during and post-COVID-19 this is more important than ever for families, businesses, and the economy. At a time when the NHS and social care system are under extreme pressure, family support has been relied on more than ever.
We need you to take action as soon as possible. The consultation closes on 3 August 2020.
- Promote and follow our tweets.
- Respond as an organisation.
- Publicise to carers, especially working carers and ask them to respond. You could do your own personal response.
- Encourage employers you are in touch with to respond.