The Government has published a consultation paper “National Carer Strategy, Carers at the heart of 21st Century, families and communities”. The paper includes a review of the definition of carer with a view to extending the right to request flexible working for carers. The Government is concerned that the current definition of carer in the flexible working legislation denies the right to request flexible working to about 20% of carers, many of whom provides significant levels of care. The paper confirms that the Government intends to consult on the Walsh review’s proposal to extend the right to request flexible working to those with parental responsibility for children up to the age of 16.

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