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Teppo Kroger and Sue Yeandle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306818

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.001.0001

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The emergence of policy supporting working carers: developments in six countries

The emergence of policy supporting working carers: developments in six countries

(p.23) Two The emergence of policy supporting working carers: developments in six countries
Combining paid work and family care

Sue Yeandle

Teppo Kröger

Bettina Cass

Yueh-Ching Chou

Masaya Shimmei

Marta Szebehely

Policy Press

This chapter presents developments in public policy affecting carers of working age in the six countries included in the book: Australia, England, Finland, Sweden, Japan and Taiwan. It briefly outlines the broad approach taken to supporting or involving carers in each type of welfare system. It then explains in more detail what services are available to support carers of working age; what rights and entitlements carers of working age have in each country when in employment; and the financial support available to carers of working age. These can include carers’ benefits, income support for carers disconnected from the labour market, payments to care, cash-for-care payments to carers enabling them to purchase alternative care support, and payments to carers to offset the extra costs of caring. The chapter also considers the role of voluntary organisations in supporting carers and in lobbying for better public policy carer support in each of the six countries. It concludes by highlighting the policy variations identified in the six countries.

Keywords:   Carers, Work-care reconciliation, Carers’ benefits, Employment rights, Voluntary organisations, Working age

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