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Caring can be unpredictable so combining work and care can be a challenge for working carers. However, there are things that you can do to help you to cope with the pressures of caring and paid work. You may need a range of support and different levels of support at different times.

For some carers, changing the hours they work or making other changes to their working arrangements can help them to manage combining caring and paid work. Carers have the right to request flexible working, which can help them make these changes a reality.

In this section, you will find information on your rights at work, how to apply for flexible working and how to challenge decisions if you're not happy with the outcome. You may also have rights to various forms of time off, such as time off in emergencies and parental leave.

Your employer may be willing to offer other forms of support, such as unpaid leave or telephone access to the person you're looking after during your working hours. For more information, see support for carers at work.

You will also find information on the support your local authority may be able to provide, and how to apply for assessments so you can best utilise the support available. This might include getting help with caring from a paid care worker, who will take over caring for the person you're looking after while you're working.

There is also information on benefits and tax credits that you may be entitled to while you're in work.


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Page last reviewed: 24/02/2014

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