Adjustment leave raised in the Lords

Great to see adjustment leave raised in the House of Lords during the Second Reading of the Children and Families Bill this week:  Lord Stevenson of Balmacara said:

“The Working Families recent survey of 1,000 parents of disabled children found that 27% of respondents were not in paid work, and more than 80% of those had given up work to care for their disabled child. Once out of work it is very hard to get back in. More than half the parents surveyed had been out of work for at least six years. Their talents and skills are lost to their employers. Their families are left poorer and the economy loses. That has led to suggestions for adjustment leave to support parents and carers through a crisis so that they can stay in work and out of poverty. I would be grateful if the Minister could comment on that idea.”

Read the whole debate with many passionate speeches about the need for better support for disabled children and their families here:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314ldhansrd/text/130702-0001.htm#13070283000466

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