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The Carer’s Leave Act in England, Wales and Scotland

Wed 24 Apr 2024

The Carer’s Leave Act came into force on 6 April. Under the Act, unpaid carers who are caring for a dependant with a long-term care need are entitled to a week of unpaid leave per year.

About the Carer's Leave Act 2023

The aim of this is to enable carers to better balance their caring and work responsibilities, supporting them to remain in employment.

Key features include the following:

Commenting on the changes, Headway’s Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Sarah Russell, said:

“So many people manage caring responsibilities alongside their day jobs, and we know this balancing act can be tough."

Further information about Carer's leave

More information and guidance about carers leave can be found on the government website and on the Carers UK website.

Further support from Headway - the brain injury association 

If you are caring for someone who has a brain injury, Headway can help.

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