Linda Pickard Completed 2011
Unpaid care and employment is a key policy issue in England. The Government’s Carers Strategy, Recognised, Valued and Supported, places high priority on supporting people of working age with caring responsibilities to remain in work, if they wish to do so.
Policy has until recently emphasised the role of employers in providing flexible working conditions, but there is now a new emphasis on ‘replacement care’ for the cared-for person.
The Government’s Carers Strategy emphasises developing “social care markets” to meet carers’ needs for “replacement care to enable them to continue to work”.
Revised guidance puts an onus on local authorities to provide services to the cared-for person when a carer’s employment is at risk. This is consistent with the Law Commission’s report on Adult Social Care, which shows that local authorities are already required to provide services to meet the needs of carers under certain circumstances, one of which is when a carer’s employment is at risk.
This scoping review explored barriers faced by unpaid carers to remaining in employment.
The project was a 12-month scoping study undertaken in 2011. It included a literature review, review of practice, consultation with key stakeholders, analysis of ELSA and the 2009/10 Survey of Carers in Households in England, and initial economic analysis.
King D, Pickard L (2013) When is a carer’s employment at risk? Longitudinal analysis of unpaid care and employment in midlife in England, Health and Social Care in the Community, 21, 3, 303-314.
Findings from this study provided evidence to a Carers UK news release in May 2012, fed into Treasury discussions, and received considerable media attention at the time.