The UK has an ageing population with as many as one in two* people juggling caring for a loved one with paid work, placing them under significant physical and mental stress that can have an effect on their own health.
These unpaid, or informal, carers play a vital role caring for our ageing population, however our research shows they often feel isolated and lonely, both in and out of work. To make our health and social care system sustainable we need to better support them in this role.
This is why we’ve partnered with the Work Foundation to bring together a range of charities, policymakers, academics and working carers to spark a wider discussion on social care and what it means to be a carer. We jointly hosted a workshop that aimed to look at what potential policy interventions could help employers support working carers to enter, remain in and progress at work.
The findings and recommendations are outlined in the ‘Helping employers Support their working carers’ report.
* Simplyhealth consumer research conducted by Opinium to a nationally representative sample of 2,000 UK adults from the 2nd-5th December 2016