Carer support pilot given go-ahead

Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A pilot programme aimed at helping employers to support carers has been given the green light by government ministers.

The Carers and Employment Programme will see Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council working with local firms to ensure carers receive support while in work.

An existing pilot scheme is currently being run in the area in partnership with charity The Dove Service, and is targeted at supporting local employers to recognise the business benefits of actively identifying and supporting carers.

The latest initiative aims to encourage employers to provide flexible working hours and improve workplace support for carers.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent applied to expand on the success of the existing initiative.

The successful bid, announced by Education Secretary and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan, secured an investment of £130,000, with additional funding of £69,000 from Staffordshire County Council over the next two years.

This means the project can now be expanded over the next 15 months across more of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

County Councillor Mark Sutton, Staffordshire’s cabinet support member for Social and Health Care, said: “We are extremely happy to be chosen as a pilot area for this project.

“In Staffordshire, we recognise the enormous contribution that carers make and how businesses can benefit from that contribution by identifying and supporting carers in their employment.

“Being a part of this project means we can build on our existing work with businesses and carers to create flexible working policies that help carers remain in work whilst also continuing with their caring responsibility.”

Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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