Carer’s Leave Act set to support unpaid carers

A legal entitlement for unpaid leave for carers came into force on April 6th. Carers UK said the new law will apply to more than two million workers in England, Scotland and Wales who have unpaid caring responsibilities.

Under the Carer’s Leave Act, employees who are carers can take up to a week of unpaid leave every 12 months. The new rights are especially important as previous Carers UK research shows around 600 people a day give up work to care due to a lack of flexibility and support.