08 Jun 2022
Flexibility for carers and their loved ones
We’ve updated our Carers Leave offering so that colleagues have more flexibility when caring for loved ones.
We’ve updated our Carers Leave offering so that colleagues in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Gibraltar needing to take time off for Carers Leave can now book individual days instead of weekly blocks.
Carers Leave helps our colleagues to take time off if they have long-term or permanent responsibilities for caring for a sick, elderly or disabled relative or partner.
Colleagues with caring responsibilities can take up to a maximum of four weeks in a year and up to a maximum of 18 weeks in total of unpaid Carers Leave (pro-rated for part-time colleagues). Previously this leave had to be taken in full weeks however as of 1st June 2022 it can now be taken as single days.
Eleni Katsoulis, Carers Co-Lead for our Families and Carers Network said: "Caring responsibilities are extremely varied so having a Leave policy which offers more flexibility is vital to ensuring colleagues can meet the needs of those they are caring for, while supporting carers in getting the right work and life balance so they can bring the best of themselves to the workplace."
How our partners support colleagues
We work with a range of valued partners who support our colleagues with caring responsibilities:
- WorkLife Central provides colleagues with access to resources and events
- VOCAL (Voice of carers across Lothian) works with us to provide colleagues with support sessions
- CarersUK & Employers for Carers (EfC) provides colleagues with expert advice, information and support
- Bank Workers Charity helps current and former bank employees and their families through the provision of information, advice, expert support services and in some cases financial assistance
More about our Families and Carers Network
Our Families & Carers Network and Fertility & Loss sub-network is an employee-led network which raises awareness and supports colleagues through all elements of the family lifecycle; from conception, other ways of having a family, to care of a child, spouse or elderly relative, and loss. Find out more about our employee-led networks.