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A NEW Act of Parliament benefitting thousands of unpaid carers has been welcomed by a local MP.

The Carer’s Leave Act 2023 came into force on April 6, giving people who provide care to a family member, friend or relative the right to up to five days of unpaid leave from work to fulfil their caring responsibilities.

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, supported the legislation in Parliament and is delighted that unpaid carers will now have access to these new workplace rights.

“I know just how important these new measures will be to so many carers,” said Mr Madders, who is Shadow Minister for Employment Rights and Protections.

According to research from Carers UK, up to 2.3 million employees across Great Britain could benefit, while more than one million employers will have to implement this right for their workforce. The legislation has been supported by businesses, employers, professional bodies, charities, local authorities, unions and unpaid carers.

The Act will enable employees in Great Britain who provide care to someone who is disabled, older, or seriously ill to take up to five days off work each year to arrange or provide care. Having this additional flexibility will help unpaid carers to cope with the challenging task of balancing employment alongside their unpaid caring responsibilities.

Carers UK estimates that, on average, 600 people a day have to give up work in order to care for older, ill or disabled relatives and friends due to a lack of support and flexibility in the workplace.

Leading employers who already offer Carer’s Leave to their employees also say that this kind of support can help to deliver business benefits; improving productivity overall through better staff retention, by reducing recruitment costs, and by supporting employee wellbeing.

Carers UK is supporting both unpaid carers and employers to find out what this legislation will mean for them. Carers are encouraged to find out more information about their rights at work on the Carers UK website: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/work-and-career/the-carers-leave-act-2024/

Employers can visit Carers UK’s business forum, Employers for Carers: Employers for Carers | Carers UK


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