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Working carers seek further support

More than 4 in 5 (83%) working carers believe they should be entitled to unpaid leave and other parental policies, a study has found.

An Aviva survey of more than 1,000 working adults found 4 out of 5 people caring for older relatives, partners or children with disabilities needed to leave work or cancel arrangements at short notice.

Furthermore, the average working carer spends at least 10 hours a week to support someone they care for while around 1 in 3 spend more than 10 hours caring for a loved one.

Figures from Carers Trust showed there are 4.27 million carers of working age in the UK and 1 in 8 workers is a carer.

1 in 5 (22%) had not told their employer about caring commitments, whereas 18% of respondents had only confided in trusted colleagues.

When asked why, 26% said they didn't want employers to think they weren't fulfilling their work responsibilities.

8% were concerned they would lose their job while the same proportion were worried their carer duties would affect their career prospects.

Andy Briggs, chief executive for UK insurance and global life and health at Aviva, said:

"It's unthinkable that some people don't feel able to tell managers and colleagues about their caring commitments.

"We want to break this taboo and encourage workers and employers to talk openly, in the same way that people talk about parental responsibilities."

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Easy Accountancy offers a low cost, fixed fee accountancy package with all clients receiving their own dedicated, friendly, approachable accountant.

All of our accountants specialise in providing accountancy services to the self-employed, freelancers, sole traders, small to medium sized limited companies and private individuals. All accountants are employees of Easy Accountancy and we never outsource or offshore work.

Our low cost, all-inclusive fixed-fee accountancy service includes unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant throughout the year and covers all your business and personal tax affairs needs.

All our accountancy services include:
  - Unlimited access to your accountant
  - Ongoing advice on how to manage your business
  - Proactive tax advice throughout the year
  - Updates and reminders so you'll never miss a deadline
  - Free bookkeeping software

As a sole trader our fees start at just £60 + VAT a month, for this you receive the above plus:
  - Completion of your Self-Assessment tax return
  - Advice on how much Income Tax to pay
  - Guidance on National Insurance contributions

As a limited company our fixed fee packages are bespoke to your needs, however typically you’ll receive the above, plus:
  - Completion of your year end accounts*
  - Completion and submission of your annual return Companies House
  - The director/s Self Assessment tax return
  - Payroll bureau
  - Dividends and corporation tax computations

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*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of Easy Accountancy for one year or have made 12 monthly payments.