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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:

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.