Across the UK, 60% of carers are women. In addition to this, 90% of all carers who are unemployed are women. Minister for Women & Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, is currently pushing for the rights of women who are carers. She wants to help them improve their financial situations. This will help them be able to hold down jobs while also caring for their loved ones. One way that she proposes to do this is to push for better employment rights. This would include paid time off in (addition to standard days of leave) that carers could take when they need to take care of their loved ones.
This morning, Penny Mordaunt said:
“I want everyone in our country to be able to thrive in life. That means being able to be in control of the choices you make and have the opportunities you have to seize. We must be honest that many women do not have those choices or opportunities, and as a consequence are not able to be as financially resilient or independent. This inequality is faced at every stage of a woman’s life – from how she is treated in the classroom, to the caring roles she often takes on, and the lack of savings or pension she accumulates. I’m confident today’s announcement will be the first step in a long-term commitment by this government to empower everyone in this country, helping them truly reach their full potential, from birth to retirement.”
The goal of this plan is to ultimately promote equality. It will allow women to be able to be employed while also having a caring role at home. It is the hope of the Minister that doing all of this will help women of all ages to be able to thrive and be financially independent, even if their situation involves having to care for someone else.