Carers Week 2024: Work and employment

It’s the third day of Carers Week, and today’s theme is work and employment. 

Juggling work and care is a huge problem for many carers. With thousands of us taking on new caring responsibilities every day, contributing a staggering £162bn to the economy every year, without this unpaid labour our health and social care systems would be sure to collapse. 

Despite this, far too many carers do not feel supported, and have to reduce or leave work entirely, leaving many carers extremely concerned about the future and how they will cope. 

That’s why we’re calling for better rights and protections for unpaid carers in the Carers UK manifesto – but we need your help to make sure the next Government really listens.