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Balancing employment and caring responsibilities

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Following our recent article: Carers: who cares when you can’t? posted during Carers Week, we are pleased that the Department for Health and Social Care has published a two-year action plan to support carers, and in particular those who are working or wish to return to work.

According to the Census 2011, one in nine of carers are working in either a full or part-time role. It can be difficult to juggle work and home life with the need to care for others but many are forced to do so due to the cost of private health care.

The Care Action Plan 2018-2020 supports initiatives encouraging employers to improve flexible working to assist carers to stay in work, return to work or to improve access to advice on obtaining financial support.

The prevalence of the ‘sandwich generation’, a term which describes individuals who care for young children in addition to the elderly means that support is necessary to ensure that carers are able to balance their employment and caring responsibilities, without it having a detrimental effect on their own health and wellbeing.


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