There are 100,000 people in Leicester and Leicestershire who are looking after a parent, partner, child or friend, including 8,952 in my constituency. I have long backed the calls from Carers UK for the introduction of up to 10 days of paid care leave a year.
New research from Carers UK has found more than 600 people a day give up work to look after a relative who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million people leaving their jobs to provide care in the last two years alone. You can read more about the research here.
On 4th February, I was delighted to meet with Carers UK and Centrica in Parliament to discuss their partnership to support working carers and develop new technology that will help families check on their loved ones.
Last year I visited Centrica’s office in my constituency to meet staff there who are caring for sick and frail relatives and their managers. You can read more about my visit here.