Wendy Chamberlain’s Carer’s Leave Bill

Today Wendy Chamberlain spoke on her Carer’s Leave Bill, which has cross-party support and passed its second reading.

Carer’s UK have described this as a ‘landmark’ piece of legislation which would help carers to better balance work and care.

Last month Wendy held an event with major employers to explain her proposals, which were met with widespread support. She points out this is only a small step to recognise the vitally important work of unpaid carers but one that will be appreciated. There are already systems in place to support parents in their caring responsibilities, but nothing for those who care for adults, usually family members.

Scottish Lib Dems added their support.


* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • Carers organisations up and down the country have been anxiously watching the progress of this private member’s bill. We are not there yet but there is delight that the bill is moving to committee stage as can be seen by the news release from Carers UK

  • I watched some of this debate the other day and was pleased to see not just cross-party support, but members of other parties being genuine in their praise of Wendy and all of the hard work she’s put in to get us here.

    As Wendy herself says, it’s not the whole solution, and it’s just a small part of our policy for carers, but it is nevertheless an important step that will bring relief to many, and help to shift focus onto the value of carers.

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