This site is in beta mode while we add the remaining policies. To feedback or help, please get in touch!
In Progress
Create a new statutory entitlement to carer’s leave

As the majority of care is informally provided, mainly by families, we will give workers a new statutory entitlement to carer’s leave, as enjoyed in other countries.

Our Verdict

In 2017, 5.4 million people in the UK provided informal care (not part of a paid job), with one third of adult informal carers in full-time employment. In addition, the demand for care is expected to rise due to increased life expectancy and challenging circumstances in the social care market.

As an employee with caring responsibilities, you’re entitled to take a “reasonable amount” of time off to deal with emergencies. However, it is left to employers to determine what constitutes a “reasonable amount”, and also to decide whether the time off will be paid. This policy promises to provide workers with a new statutory entitlement to carer’s leave.

In June 2018, the government published the Carers Action Plan 2018-2020, announcing that an interdepartmental working group has been established to look at dedicated employment rights for carers:

“This includes considering the crucial questions that arise around introducing dedicated employment rights with the support of analysts so that any emerging carers leave proposal is most effective.”

With a working group currently considering statutory carer’s leave, it’s fair to say this policy is ‘in progress’. It will be ‘done’ when the new statutory entitlement becomes law. Follow this policy to stay up to date.

Care for the details?

There's always room for debate

We’re serious about providing clear, up-to-date, non-partisan information. We focus on being consistent and fair in how we track policies, and always explain our reasoning. But there is always room for debate. So if you see it differently, we’d love you to tell us why or submit an edit.

Get involved!

Whether you are for or against this policy or just want to know more, it's never been easier to get involved and have your say. Try these for starters…

Join the discussion On this page, or Twitter, or Facebook. Democracy is better shared!
Follow this policy We'll send you email alerts every time something interesting happens.
Ask your MP Ask your MP to help you support or block this policy - write to them here.
Get the facts Sense about Science and Full Fact are great for evidence and fact checking.
Get ahead! The Simple Politics newsletter breaks it all down for you - before it happens!
Comments