8 September 2014
Responding to Liz Kendall MP’s announcement today that Labour plans to give millions of carers a legal right to emergency leave from work, Macmillan Cancer Support Campaigns Manager, Laura Keely, said:
“We welcome Labour’s plans to give millions of carers the legal right to emergency leave and we hope that this will provide additional rights beyond those outlined in existing legislation.
“We know that working carers struggle to balance the demands of work with caring for a loved-one who has cancer. However carers need to be identified in order to benefit from proposals such as this.
“We want all main political parties to understand carers’ needs and commit to improving the support available to them.”
For further information, please contact:
Alex Wentworth, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2215 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk