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Caring for our carers

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Slough Borough Council is now a member of Employers for Carers, Carers UK’s growing membership forum and service for employers wanting to support the carers in their workforce.
 
Research has shown that one in nine people at work also care for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill – that’s three million people who work and care across the UK.
 
The council’s umbrella membership extends to all small and medium businesses (less than 250 staff) across the borough supporting their own employees with caring responsibilities.
 
Membership includes access to a dedicated resource website, practical guides and advice for managers and carers, annual expert workshops held in the workplace and an opportunity to share and learn from other employers at regular networking events.
 
With 90 per cent of working carers aged over 30 and in the prime of their employment, supporting them is important for all businesses, regardless of size.
 
A landmark report issued jointly by HM Government and Employers for Carers/Carers UK – Supporting Working Carers (2013) – includes evidence from more than 200 employers that shows providing carers with better support in the workplace results in business benefits and cost savings through improved staff retention, increased staff productivity and reduced sick leave and staff absenteeism rates.
 
Councillor Sabia Hussain, commissioner for health and social care, said: “Without the right support, one in six carers will have to give up work or reduce their working hours to care, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
 
“We are committed to providing our working carers with the best possible support and we are pleased to be extending this support to the local organisations and businesses of Slough.
 
“Research and evidence from employers shows that recognising caring as a workplace issue and providing a supportive working environment delivers impressive benefits to families, businesses and the economy.”
 
If you are interested in joining the network, or would like to find out more, please contact Beth Reed, community development & partnership officer at Slough Borough Council on 01753 875538 or beth.reed@slough.gov.uk

The full Supporting Working Carers (2013) report can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-working-carers-the-benefits-to-families-business-and-the-economy
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Kate Pratt (Slough Council, Communications Manager, Slough)

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