Friends and relatives provides invaluable informal care in all European countries. But what support do they get to balance care with work? Which recognition do they get in terms of financial and practical help? And what rights do they have independently of the person cared for to respite offers, advice, training, and to be included and heard in the formal care system?
Answers to such questions can be found in the ESPN 2016 report “Work-life balance measures for persons of working age with dependent relatives in Europe” which got renewed importance yesterday as the work-life balance is part and parcel of the European Commission proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights. If in a hurry you may consult this op-ed for the Danish daily Politiken.