Mims Davies MP & DWP Minister is proud to announced the launch of DWP's ‘Job Help’ Webpage for Carers
The launch of this new digital information resource this Autumn, designed to address this. The Department for Work & Pensions has been working across government to design a website which collates information and advice from a wide range of sources and is presented to support more pro-active, informed decisions and will support both early and established unpaid carers
We all recognise and value the vital contribution made by unpaid carers every day in our communities. There are around 4.8 million unpaid carers in the UK whose role is vital for the physical and mental well-being of the elderly and the disabled in particular, and assist in reducing some demand in the social care sector.
However, many still feel that they have no other choice than to leave their existing employment to take up caring responsibilities. Cross-Government research concludes that this is due to a lack of clear, accessible advice for people at the start of their carer journey. They are often unable to inform decisions about whether and how to combine work and care sustainably, frustrating their ability to remain in employment if they wish to.
The ‘Job Help’ site is UK-wide and there will be versions for each of the devolved administrations with more relevant and specific content for each of the nations.
Mims Davies MP said:
"I believe it is important to provide employment and care-related information to assist carers in their informed choices about balancing work and care.
Many carers choose to, and have been able to successfully, balance their caring with a job, which can positively impact their financial security, health and well-being.
This newly launched 'Job Help' website provides significant support to help them remain in, or access, employment if they are able to."