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2 Building on Experience Madeleine Starr Carers UK

3 Juggling work and care Of the UKs 6 million carers, 58% are women, 42% are men Nearly 80% million – are of working age 3 million – 1 in 7 people in the UK workforce - juggle paid work with care, 2 million full time, 1 million part time 400,000 people combine work with 20+ hours of care per week 200,000 people combine work with 50+ hours of care per week Male carers are more likely to work than women - 6 out of 10 work, 90% full time Women carers are more likely to work part time

4 The impact of care on work 2.3 million people in the UK move in and out of caring each year One in five gives up work to care There is evidence that even when they remain in work carers are working below their potential –many have to reduce their working hours –many cannot access workplace development and training –many face restricted opportunities for promotion and advancement

5 Demographic realities The UK economy will need an additional 2 million workers in the next 25 years UK society will need an additional 3 million carers in the next 25 years The UK is facing significant skills gaps, particularly in the knowledge economy With a shrinking younger workforce, the economy will need people to work longer, at exactly the time that they are likely to be caring The UK economy cannot afford people not to work, or people not to care

6 Why carers give up work Stress of juggling work and care Unsuitability or inflexibility of care services Affordability of care services Inflexibility of workplaces

7 Barriers to returning lack of flexible, appropriate and reliable care services loss of confidence outdated work skills access to flexible, funded learning and training opportunities lack of flexible employment finding work that pays

8 ACE National – producing the tools to meet the challenge ACE partnerships –to raise awareness in the widest possible forum of the barriers facing carers who want to work and the moral, economic and business case for supporting them –to develop and test innovation in supporting carers to return to, or remain in, work –to embed innovation in mainstream services and have the greatest possible impact on local, national and European policy on carers and work

9 Working in partnership Carers UK (lead partner) – lobbying and campaigning organisation Operational partnerships – delivery activities –local authorities –Community and voluntary sector organisations –independent service providers Research partnerships – research and evaluation National policy partnerships – key stakeholders European partnerships – exchange of practice Employers for Carers – business leaders

10 ACE 1 on the ground Develop more effective local individual support and guidance for carers to support them to think about training and/or work Develop a pre-vocational training programme to engage carers and move them towards the labour market, within a recognised accreditation framework Deliver carer awareness training for all relevant agencies to support the development of good practice in and into work Work with employers to promote flexible employment policies and practices Develop local and national partnerships of key stakeholders to influence the development of services and policy

11 ACE 2 on the ground Research the factors that influence why, how and if carers access alternative care services that enable them to work Use statutory, private and not-for-profit providers to identify and enhance existing care services, and develop and test new care services which enable carers to work Engage carers in planning the development and delivery of care service provision Develop a national policy partnership to use the lessons of the research and delivery partnerships to influence long term development and investment in the health and social care sectors, including working to establish a National Care Strategy

12 Key policy outcomes Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 –Duty on local authorities to inform carers of their right to a Carers Assessment –Carers Assessments to take into account a carers access to work, learning or leisure opportunities –New powers to enlist the help of housing, health, education and other local authorities in providing support to carers

13 Key policy outcomes Work and Families Act 2006 –Right to request flexible working for carers Review of National Carers Strategy 2007/8 –Government commitment to Key measures to support carers into paid work Key measures to support carers in work and to promote the benefits to business of recruiting and retaining carers

14 Key products Care to Take a Look –Web-based toolkit for developing policy on carers Local Authority Toolkit –Web-based good practice guide with links to mainstream resources National Performance Assessment Framework –Performance Indicators for Local Authorities on their work with carers

15 Key products Learning for Living –pre-vocational training programme for carers to help them recognise the skills gained through caring and look at next steps to training and work –accredited on the National Qualifications Framework –individualised and flexible online learning Carers and their Rights – the Law Relating to Carers –legislation, guidance and case law to support professionals working with carers

16 Key products ACE Resource Pack to support implementation of the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 –information –training materials –good practice case studies Practice Guide to the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act –web-based guidance for professionals to support implementation of the legislation

17 Key products Make Work Work - Employers Resource Pack to support implementation of the Work and Families Act 2006 –information –training materials –good practice case studies A National Framework for Carers and Employment –guide to legislation, guidance and good practice in Scotland

18 Key products Robust evidence base Research reports: –We Care – Do You?, 2001 –Who Cares Wins - the Social and Business Benefits of Supporting Carers in the Workplace, 2004 –More than a Job: Working Carers – Statistical Evidence from the 2001 Census, 2004 –Caring for Sick or Disabled Children: Parents Experiences of Combining Work and Care, 2004 Carers, Employment and Services Report Series –long term policy impact

19 Key employers outcome Employers for Carers Forum –service providing information, good practice and training for employers and working carers –interactive website –benchmarking tool and case studies

20 Summary of activities and outcomes Carers, Employment and Services Report Series –Action for Carers and Employment: impact of the ACE partnership ( Sue Yeandle, University of Leeds, Madeleine Starr, Carers UK)

21 Building on lessons learned Sunderland City Council - People into Employment Harrogate Carers Resource – Changing Lives Action for Carers (Surrey) – Action for Carers and Employment Kirklees Council – ACE Plus

22 Equality Act –Protects people at work associated with a disabled person and by definition with an older person from discrimination –Extends that protection to goods and services

23 The wider debate It is not only about employment support – flexible, affordable, good quality care services matter as much to people who want to work – and to their employers - as good childcare services –care and support is as much a part of the local infrastructure employers and their employees have a right to expect as transport and utilities

24 Carers UK Websites:


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