Open consultation

Carer’s leave


We're seeking views on giving unpaid carers a new right to a week of leave.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on a proposal to give employees a week of unpaid leave each year to provide care. Your responses will help us understand:

  • how carers use existing employment rights
  • who should be eligible to take the leave
  • what the leave can be taken for
  • how the leave would be available to take and the process for taking the leave
  • the costs and benefits to employers and employees

We welcome responses from all stakeholders including, but not limited to:

  • employers
  • individual carers
  • trade unions
  • representative organisations
  • charities
  • professional bodies
  • medical or social care providers
  • researchers and academics

Extension to consultation end date

In light of COVID-19, we are extending the consultation period to give people more time to respond.


Carer's leave consultation

Impact Assessment

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Carer’s Leave Consultation
Labour Market Directorate
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1st Floor, Spur 1
1 Victoria Street

Published 16 March 2020
Last updated 18 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. The deadline for consultation responses has been extended to 3 August in light of COVID-19.

  2. First published.