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More than 600 people quit work every day to care for older and disabled relatives 05 Feb 2019 12:48 #13732

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Calls for the UK government and employers to improve the support available to family carers.

More than 600 people a day are having to give up working to provide care for older and disabled relatives, leading to calls for the government and UK employers to increase support for family carers.

Research by the charity Carers UK found that 2.6 million have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million (468,000) leaving their job in the last two years alone – more than 600 people a day.

The startling figure represents a 13% increase since Carers UK and pollsters at YouGov surveyed members of the general public in 2013.

According to the findings, more working people are providing unpaid care for loved-ones than previously thought, with almost 5 million adults in the UK forced to juggle between their work and caring for family members.

Carers UK say the findings emphasise the need for UK employers to improve the support available for the rapidly increasing number of working people with caring responsibilities.

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “Better workplace support for people juggling paid work with caring for a loved one is becoming an increasingly important issue, with a growing need for employers to improve flexibility and, with an ageing population, support people to keep working for longer, contributing to better productivity.

“With 15% of the population now working and caring, there is a real social and economic imperative for UK businesses to adopt carer friendly workplaces.

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