A PLEDGE to support staff who are carers for someone at home has been made by Worcestershire County Council.
The Working for Carers Charter commits the authority to create a carer-aware workplace.
It is estimated that three in five people become carers at some stage of their lives and many must juggle their role with a job.
Currently it is believed one in seven members of the county’s workforce is a working carer.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the proportion of people providing care peaks at the age of 56 for women and 59 for men, at which point around one in four women and more than one in six men are informal carers.
More women than men are carers, until the age of 74.
Informal carers are most likely to be caring for a parent: 40 per cent of female carers and 38 per cent of male carers are helping their mother or father (or both).
Men are more likely than women to be caring for their spouse or partner – among informal carers, around one in four men compared with around one in six women – but women are more likely to be providing care to people living in a different household.
Overall, women take on a greater share of informal care than men.
Councillor Adrian Hardman Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care said; “As one of Worcestershire’s largest employers, we want to ensure that our staff who have caring responsibilities, get appropriate support when required.
“Our aim is to support carers in their caring roles where appropriate and help ease some of the pressure they face. Becoming an accredited employer means we are able to appropriately support carers throughout the organisation.”