Council backs campaign for employed Carers to be given unpaid leave

21 Nov 2022

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Councillors unanimously backed a motion calling for employed unpaid Carers to be given a right to unpaid leave from work.

A parliamentary Bill, the Carers Leave Bill, proposed by Lib Dem MP Wendy Chamberlain is currently going through the House of Commons. It's aim is to give employed Carers up to a week's unpaid leave from work for caring responsibilities.

Hinckley Lib Dem Councillor Michael Mullaney proposed a motion calling on the Council to support the Carers Leave Bill. Michael said "Over two million people in the UK including thousands of people here in Hinckley and Bosworth are in paid work whilst providing unpaid care.

"Unpaid Carers in work save the taxpayer a huge amount of money in care costs. The least we can do is help them to balance their work and care responsibilities by giving them a week's unpaid leave.

"I'm glad the Borough Council unanimously supported the Carers Leave Bill and I hope it passes through Parliament and into law.

Mark Bools Lib Dem Councillor for Newbold Verdon and Desford said "The burden placed on unpaid carers has left many overwhelmed and in need of more help and support for themselves.

"This bill aims to give reassurance to those working unpaid carers that if they need time off they can do so without the fear of repercussions. Unpaid carers do some much to protect our underfunded care system and it is vital we support them in anyway we can."

A Hinckley County Councillor has renewed calls for a safe road crossing to be installed near a Hinckley School.

Lib Dem Councillor for Hinckley De Montfort Michael Mullaney has campaigned with local parents, residents and fellow Hinckley Councillors David Bill and Stuart Bray to get a safe crossing near St Peter’s School on London Road, Hinckley.

This follows news that Leicestershire County Council have again decided against putting a crossing there.

In a written submission to the County Council’s Highways and Transport Scrutiny Committee Michael Mullaney set out why a crossing was still needed there

“A huge number of residents in the area I represent on the County Council and the area my two fellow Hinckley County Councillors David Bill and Stuart Bray represent support a safe crossing at St Peter’s School on London Road in Hinckley. 8,850 residents signed a petition supporting the campaign.

“There are safety concerns, there have been a number of near misses involving pupils and parents going to the school. Although not recorded it is believed that there was an accident leading to a fatality some years ago along this part of London Road when a pedestrian was knocked over.

“Whilst I appreciate the extra road safety measures that are proposed for London Road near St Peter’s School I am extremely disappointed that the request for a safe road crossing has not been supported in the report.

“There is widespread support for it and Cllrs Bill, Bray and myself identified funding for putting a crossing in at the site through the Members Highway Fund, a fund which was developed with the apparent intention of supporting Highways causes that were important in Councillor’s local areas.

“Whilst it’s welcome that a crossing person has been recruited for St Peter’s School there is always the risk that the person may step down from the job and it may be difficult to find a new person (as it took some years to recruit a crossing person there, with no school crossing patrol between 2017 and 2022 despite attempts to recruit to the post).  A safe pedestrian crossing at the site however would be a permanent safety measure that would benefit pupils and parents and residents more generally crossing the road there.

“Whilst I welcome the fact there will be some safety improvements at the site I and many residents believe there still needs to be a safe permanent crossing at St Peter’s School. I therefore urge the County Council to rethink and agree to installing a crossing near St Peter’s School”

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