Breakfast with benefits for businesses

Businesses in North East Lincolnshire have the opportunity over breakfast to find out how supporting those people they employ who have caring responsibilities can provide benefits in return. 

Local business leaders are being offered free help and advice in providing support for carers and the benefits for both them and their staff.

Breakfast will be served at an event on 28th March 8.45am – 11am at Centre4 Limited in Grimsby, and local business owners and managers are welcome to attend to discover more over a croissant and coffee.

With an increasing ageing population and people managing health conditions at home, around 10 percent of all employed staff have caring responsibilities for family and friends. Without the correct support in place issues may arise which can have a negative impact on their working life and their employer as a result.

The consequences of unexpected absences, long term sickness leave and early retirement on businesses can be reduced and managed more effectively with the right help and guidance in supporting carers in their employment.

NELCCG are working with North East Lincolnshire Council and the Carers Support Centre NEL on providing this assistance to employers to make them more aware of the needs of carers and the online organisational support open to businesses.

To book a place at the event please phone the team on 0300 3000 518 or email 

  • 1 in 7 people juggle work and caring for someone they love – this is about 4.87 million in the UK.
  • The numbers of those having to give up work to care has increased by 0.3 million from 2013 – it is now 2.6 million who have removed their skill set from the workplace (a 12% increase)
  • A further 2 million have reduced their working hours.
  • 0.5 million have given up work over the last 2 years, specifically (468000), because they could not manage to work and care for a loved one.
  • Those over the age of 45 were most likely to have given up work to provide care – i.e. those with well-developed work skills and many years of working life possible.
  • 7% of working people who care for loved ones said it impacts on their paid work – this is worse for women (9%)
  • 13% of those working in the private sector juggle work and caring for a loved one. In the public sector it is far higher – 19%. Workers in the private sector have less access to supportive policies (28%) compared with those in the public sector (20%) and third sector (22%)

Source: Juggling work and unpaid care – a growing issue, by Carers UK, Jan 2019

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