Carers

Women and Equality – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 19 June 2008.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown PPS (Rt Hon John Denham, Secretary of State), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills 10:30, 19 June 2008

What recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on support for women who are carers.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Government Equalities Office

The Prime Minister launched the revised National Carers Strategy on 10 June, which set out a £255 million package of support for carers. Throughout the development of the strategy, I had discussions with ministerial colleagues about support for women carers.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown PPS (Rt Hon John Denham, Secretary of State), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Research by USDAW has shown that working carers are not aware of their right to request flexible working. What will the Government do to advertise more widely that right to make it easier for carers in the workplace?

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Government Equalities Office

My hon. Friend is quite right. The research into the knowledge of the right to request flexible working provides some discouraging figures. I have had talks with colleagues in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform about how we can advertise this. We intend to come forward with a programme.