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Supporting carers to stay in paid employment

Ministers have launched a series of pilots exploring ways to help carers balance work with their caring responsibilities.

Carers could soon be using smart phones, email alerts and pop-up care centres to help them plan and co-ordinate formal and informal support. The ideas will be trialled as part a £1.6m programme of pilots.

The nine pilot areas will explore how technology can be combined with professional support from the local authority and the assistance of informal networks of friends, neighbours and volunteers to ease the pressure of caring.