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What can governments do to help carers?


Financial remuneration for care responsibilities is seen as the most useful government contribution to help carers

Respondents in Special Eurobarometer 378 on Active ageing (2012)  were presented with a list of actions that might be taken by government to help people who care for older family members and were asked to select which would be the most useful. They were allowed to select up to three actions.Just over four out of ten (44%) feel that one of the most useful things government can do to help people who care for older family members is to provide financial remuneration to carers.  Four out of ten (38%) believe that being allowed to work flexible working hours would be useful, followed by 35% who mention the option to leave one's job temporarily.

A third (33%) of citizens consider the provision of pension credits for the care time would be useful, while a quarter (27%) cite the right to work part-time. Receiving training on how to provide care and the provision of publicly funded replacement care during annual holiday entitlement were less frequently mentioned as being useful (21% and 16% respectively).

The main themes addressed in this report were overall perceptions of and attitudes towards older people, the potential role for older people in society and the impact of the ageing population in the future, attitudes towards older people in the workplace and potential barriers to continuing work, attitudes towards the official retirement age, pension payments , voluntary work and other means of support for older people.

Source: Special Eurobarometer 378 on Active ageing

Base: All respondents in EU27; n= 26,723