MSP CALLS ON MORE FIRMS TO SIGN UP TO WORKPLACE CARER’S SCHEME

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MSP CALLS ON MORE FIRMS TO SIGN UP TO WORKPLACE CARER’S SCHEME

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has joined over 100 other employers in Scotland to have signed up to the Carer Positive employment scheme.

Run by Carers Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, Carer Positive awards are presented to employers in Scotland who have a working environment where carers are valued and supported – recognising the benefits to employers as well as helping individual staff and their families.

Clare Haughey, the first Rutherglen politician to become a Carer Positive employer, is now encouraging other Rutherglen and Cambuslang businesses to complete the straightforward self-assessment process and help promote the benefits to businesses and organisations in their own constituencies.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“Around 270,000 in Scotland combine work and caring for others – but without the right support and understanding from employers, carers can suffer from undue pressure and exhaustion at work.

“Caring can have particular pressures which aren’t always planned for. But being flexible in those circumstances is absolutely vital if employers want to minimise the risk of losing valued and experienced staff altogether.

“So being Carer Positive is a commitment to making life and work better for Carers, but with huge benefits to employers and the wider economy too.

“I’m keen to see businesses throughout Rutherglen and Cambuslang take the lead by signing up as Carer Positive employers and encouraging other local businesses and organisations to do likewise.”

Adding, Simon Hodgson Director of Carers Scotland said:

“I am delighted to recognise Clare Haughey MSP as a Carer Positive employer and welcome her efforts in raising awareness of the need to support employees who juggle work with caring responsibilities. Carers Scotland would also encourage local employers to participate and is happy to provide support to any organisation wishing to join the growing number of Carer Positive employers in Scotland.”

ENDS

Notes:

List of Scotland’s Carer Positive employers available here – http://www.carerpositive.org/carer-positive-employers/

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP with Simon Hodgson director of Carers Scotland – presenting the Rutherglen MSP with her Carer Positive accreditation.

Simon Hodgson of Carers Scotland presenting accreditation to Clare Haughey MSP

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