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Being a carer does not mean that you have to give up work. One in eight people in work is a carer and over half of carers who are not working say that they would like to.

However caring can make working difficult and one in five carers ends up stopping work. £5.3bn has been wiped from the economy in lost earnings due to people who've dropped out of the workforce to take on caring responsibilities.

If you work you should tell your employer that you are a carer. They may have carer friendly policies that help you achieve a better work/life balance.

Your local council may also be able to offer you support. They should take into account if you want to work, volunteer to continue your education when you have a carer’s assessment.

Right to flexible working

If you find it difficult to balance your work life with your caring responsibilities (and your other commitments) you may want to ask for flexible working.

Taking time off

You’re allowed to take time off in an emergency involving a dependant known as time off for dependants.

Dealing with change

When there is a big change in the condition of the person you care for, your work life can be seriously disrupted and you may recognise that you are going to have to ask for some help. Find out more about dealing with change.

Further information

Working Families is a charity that specialises in advice about flexible working and part-time working for parents and carers.

In Scotland, the Carer Positive scheme is a Scottish Government initiative that aims to encourage employers to create a supportive working environment for carers in the workplace.

If you are an employer Employers for Carers looks at flexible working and wider issues facing carers who want to work.

Next update due: June 2017