Flexible Hours for Carers: a Growing Care Gap (BBC News / Ageing and Society)


An estimated 675,000 older people depend upon unpaid carers, usually their children. Jeremy Hunt has proposed that a cultural change is needed among employers so that carers have parity of esteem, and receive similar flexible working opportunities to parents with young children. The ageing population, and the associated dementia time-bomb, means that helping carers stay in work is becoming an economic necessity.

Too few employers offer carers flexible work options currently. The UK has too few people able / willing to offer unpaid care. Many workers double as carers for people with dementia. Employers could do more to help carers stay in work, given that the number of sufferers could rise from around 800,000 now to more than a million by the end of the decade.

Read more: BBC News. Carers should ‘get flexible hours’ – health secretary.


Carers should ‘get flexible hours’ – health secretary. London: BBC News, August 24th 2013.

This relates to:

LSE Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) Research

Research by the London School of Economics (LSE) suggests that the gap between the number of frail elderly people in need of care and the people available to provide this for free will worsen in England by 2017. Up to 160,000 elderly people could be left without such support by 2032.

Full Text Link


Pickard, L. (2013). A growing care gap? The supply of unpaid care for older people by their adult children in England to 2032. Ageing and Society, August 22nd 2013, pp.1-28. Epub ahead of print.

About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
This entry was posted in BBC News, Community Care, Department of Health, For Carers (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), In the News, Integrated Care, Management of Condition, Models of Dementia Care, National, Patient Care Pathway, Person-Centred Care, Proposed for Next Newsletter, Quick Insights, Standards, UK, Universal Interest and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.