Carers: Leave

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the recommendations on page 16 of the Carers UK report, Juggling work and unpaid care: A growing issue, published on 5 February 2019, if he will make it his policy to introduce new rights to paid care leave and a longer period of unpaid leave.

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

The Government has set out the largest upgrade to workers rights in a generation. We are committed to supporting carers and to do so in a way that takes account of their own health and wellbeing, life chances and promotes access to employment and retention.

The Government is taking action to address the practical challenges of balancing work and caring responsibilities, as set out in the action plan that we published in June 2018. The Department is considering the question of dedicated employment rights for carers alongside existing employment rights (such as the right to request flexible working and the right to time off for family and dependants), and we are working with colleagues across Government to ensure that any emerging proposals are the most effective.

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