The Carer’s Leave Act 2023 comes into force this week on Saturday 6 April 2024, 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.

Grahame Morris MP supported this legislation in Parliament and is delighted that 4272 of unpaid carers in Easington will now have access to these new workplace rights.

According to research from Carers UK, up to 2.3 million employees across Great Britain could benefit, while over 1 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.

Grahame Morris MP, said:

“The invaluable contribution of unpaid carers cannot be overstated; their impact is profound and far-reaching. Every day, these selfless individuals prioritise the needs of others over their own, often without acknowledgment, respite, or support.

The care they provide to family, friends, and neighbours who are elderly, disabled, or facing illness ensures that they can maintain dignity and a decent quality of life.

While the Carer’s Leave Act marks a welcome first step in recognising and appreciating the tireless efforts of carers, it must serve as a catalyst for changes. In our lifetimes, many of us will find ourselves both giving and receiving care, highlighting the urgent need for a society and economy that fully acknowledges and supports carers in their vital roles.”

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:

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

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