Personnel Today’s tax breaks for carers campaign

Personnel Today’s tax breaks for carers campaign


Personnel Today is supporting an employer-led campaign  to introduce tax breaks for employees who care for older relatives. As a part of the campaign Personnel Today is asking HR professionals to sign our petition to urge the government to include tax breaks for carers in its next comprehensive spending review, to be announced in Spring 2007.


Sign our petition now!


What is a carer?


In the Work and Families Act 2006, the government defines a carer as an employee who is, or expects to be, caring for an adult who:

·        Is married to, or the partner or civil partner of the employee; or

·        Is a relative of the employee; or

·        Falls into neither category, but lives at the same address as the employee


What is the tax breaks for carers campaign?


A coalition of employers and campaign groups including BT, Ford, HSBC, Nationwide, John Lewis, Counsel and Care, Working Families, Carers UK and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers is urging the government to introduce a tax break scheme for workers who care for elderly relatives.


How would tax breaks work?


The campaign proposes a system similar to the existing childcare voucher scheme. Through the scheme, employers would be able to provide a benefit in kind to their employees through the provision of vouchers capable of being redeemed only for qualifying care. This benefit would be exempt form both National Insurance contributions (primary and secondary) and PAYE. In addition, the administrative costs incurred by employers in supporting the scheme should be exempt from any PAYE or National Insurance liabilities.

What is Personnel Today’s involvement?

Personnel Today supports the campaign and believes that, as with childcare vouchers, a voucher scheme will help carers of elders to better manage their caring responsibilities, enabling an increasing number of workers  who care to balance both work and caring responsibilities. This is an issue that directly affects employers and will continue to do as a result of demographic change. Personnel Today is asking HR professional to sign our petition to support a voucher scheme for carers.


How can I support the campaign?


Sign Personnel Today’s tax breaks for carers petition. A large number of HR professionals have already signed the petition and we have received support from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Public Sector People Managers’ Association.

See who has signed Personnel Today’s tax breaks for carers petition.


What happens next?


Personnel Today will be presenting the petition to the government to coincide with the Department for Trade and Industry-supported Where next for work-life balance? conference. 


10 facts about carers


1 One in eight adults is a carer – about six million people.

2 Carers save the economy £57bn per year, an average of £10,000 per carer.

3 More than three million people juggle care with work.

4 The main carer’s benefit is £45 for a minimum of 35 hours, equivalent to £1.26 per hour.

5 1.25 million people provide more than 50 hours of care per week.

6 People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled.

7 More than one million people care for more than one person

8 58% of carers are women and 42% are men.

9 By 2037, the number of carers could have increased to nine million.

10 Every year over two million people become carers.

Source: Carers UK


More on carers


Carers in the news

Carer research

Resources for employers

Resources for carers


DirectGov provides useful advice for carers.

Useful resources for informal carers. 


Carer organisations

If  you have found this information useful please link to this page. 


Email Martin Couzins if you have any more resources that can help employers manage employees who are carers.















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