Working Carers

Working Carers

Working Carers have the right to ask their employers for flexible working arrangements, and for adjustments to be made to enable them to juggle their caring needs and continue working without being discriminated against or experiencing harassment. The following Acts make provision for carers’ rights:


Work and Families Act 2006

The Work and Families Act 2006 gives carers the right to ask their employers for flexible working to help them juggle their work with their caring needs.  Requests could be for flexi-time, home working, term time working, or other flexible working practices.  Employers can refuse a request, but must give good reasons and employees have the right to appeal.


Equality Act 2010


Equality Act 2010 covers your carers’ rights if you care for an elderly or disabled person in the areas of: Adjustments for disabled persons, Direct Discrimination, Harassment, Victimisation.  For further information or advice about the Equality Act contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or visit:


Care Act 2014

Rules and guidance governing access to health and social care services through local authorities and health and social care providers. Further information about the Care Act 2014 is available at:


Information about all issues affecting carers is available from:

Carers UK:  Carers Helpline: 0808 808 7777


Carers UK offer advice and support on many issues affecting carers.

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