Carers: Leave

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will consider making provision for grandparents and other carers to be entitled to up to 10 days statutory leave to provide emergency care for a grandchild or other dependant.

Photo of Margot James Margot James Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Workers in the UK are entitled to a minimum of 28 days paid annual leave if they work full time and a proportionate amount if they work part time. Grandparents may also be able exercise the Right to Time Off for Dependents which allows employees to take a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with certain unexpected or sudden emergencies involving a dependant and to put care arrangements in place.

The Government is developing a new national Carers Strategy, which will consider the range of issues faced by people who provide unpaid care for a relative, friend or someone close to them.

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