Local MSP Maree Todd, SNP has registered as a Carer Positive Employer and is ‘absolutely delighted’ to received her award from Carers Scotland today.
The Carer’s Positive Award is operated by Carers Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.
It aims to make life better for carers by:
- giving expert advice, information and support
- connecting carers so no-one has to care alone
- campaigning together for lasting change
- finding new ways to reach and support carers
Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years in the Scottish Government is encouraging employers to join the Carer Positive Employment Initiative.
Carers Scotland estimates that the work of carers contributes the equivalent of around £10.8 billion to the economy each year and will likely increase as the population continues to age.
Maree Todd MSP said:
“Carer Positive is a fantastic scheme that aims to encourage employers to create a supportive working environment for carers in the workplace.
“Around 270,000 people in Scotland combine work with care. However, without support and understanding from their employer, they can experience unpleasant levels of stress and exhaustion and, as a result, many carers give up work.
“Many carers will be skilled and still want to work – and they could just need a little flexibility from potential employers to get them into the workplace.
“There are numerous potential benefits to becoming a Carer Positive employer, such as reduced absences, lower staff turnover levels and saving on recruitment costs.
“These are just some of the reasons why I am encouraging as many employers in the Highlands and Islands as possible to take steps to becoming Carer Positive employer.”