Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Sustainable Growth – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 14 June 2007.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party 2:15, 14 June 2007

The Scottish Government acknowledges that unpaid carers often face significant barriers in accessing employment. We recognise the role that the voluntary sector can play in supporting carers in employment and seeking employment, both as an employer and as a provider of support. Carers Scotland's recently published national framework for carers and employment sets out valuable messages on the role of flexible employment policies and social care services in helping carers to balance work and caring. I want to ensure that we build that into our thinking as carers policy develops. We must continue to work with voluntary organisations on that important effort.