We have been involved in a recent Select Committee Inquiry into the Department of Work and Pensions support for working carers.
We have been working closely with local businesses across Bristol and South Gloucestershire to raise awareness and develop support tools and services, which they can access to improve the wellbeing of working carers. One of these businesses is Aviva, who last year launched a pilot in their Bristol office called #wecare.
As a result of this pilot Aviva has now rolled out support across all of its UK branches. This will help support the significant number of people balancing their careers with caring responsibilities. Their new carers policy gives their employees who are carers the same entitlement as parents taking unpaid leave.
Both Carers Support Centre and Aviva submitted written and oral evidence to the Inquiry. You can read about this in more detail in our Spring Carers News, page 10.