Cash to help carers stay in work

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 February 2015

(c) Adam Gault

PILOT funding to help people remain in paid work while juggling care commitments has been secured by North Somerset Council.

The authority is one of nine around the country to have won £150,000 from the Department of Health to trial the new scheme from May.

Cash will be used by the council – in partnership with Crossroads Alliance and the Clinical Commissioning Group – to help the area’s 15,000 carers strike a balance between their work and care roles.

Many carers find it difficult to manage caring responsibilities at home with the demands of paid work and so reduce their hours or give up work altogether.

The new funding will help establish new support networks, while employers will be encouraged to put practical measures in place, such as flexible hours.

How technology can be used to support carers to remain in paid employment will also be explored and volunteers will be used to provide ‘bespoke’ packages of support for the cared-for person while the carer is working.

This could help with tasks such as taking them to essential appointments during the working day.

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