MSP Calls on Employers to Care for Working Carers

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Saturday January 13 2018

Maree Todd (pictured receiving her Carer Positive award from Carers Scotland) is encouraging employers to join the Carer Positive Employment Initiative, which aims to improve the life for carers in the workplace and, in turn for their employers.

The Highlands and Islands MSP has registered as a Carer Positive Employer and received her award from Carers Scotland.

Being recognised as a Carer Positive employer, an initiative funded by the Scottish Government, means that your working practices suit the needs and circumstances of working carers through practical measures such as flexible working policies.

Carers Scotland estimates that the work of carers contributes the equivalent of around £10.8 billion to the economy each year and will likely increase as the population continues to age.

Commenting, Maree Todd MSP said:

“I am absolutely delighted to receive my Carer Positive award!

“Carer Positive is a fantastic scheme that aims to encourage employers to create a supportive working environment for carers in the workplace.

“Around 270,000 people in Scotland combine work with care.

“However, without support and understanding from their employer, they can experience unpleasant levels of stress and exhaustion and, as a result, many carers give up work.

“Many carers will be skilled and still want to work – and they could just need a little flexibility from potential employers to get them into the workplace. 

“There are numerous potential benefits to becoming a Carer Positive employer, such as reduced absences, lower staff turnover levels and saving on recruitment costs.

"These are just some of the reasons why I am encouraging as many employers in the Highlands and Islands as possible to take steps to becoming Carer Positive employer.”



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