06 March 2018
Delivered a year after it was first pledged in the 2017 spring budget, the £1.5million fund will offer grants to projects that help people to return to work in the private sector.
The government envisages the fund could help returners update their skills, provide other training and support businesses to increase employment opportunities for returners.
Launched in the same week as International Women’s Day, 8 March, the funding is part of the government’s wider strategy to build an evidence base on what measures could help to close the gender pay gap.
Commenting on the launch, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Amber Rudd, said: “It is truly striking that nearly 90 per cent of people out of paid work because they are caring for the home or family are women.
“Too often people struggle to get back into paid work after taking time out to care for others. That is a huge loss not only to those individuals, but to our economy and to businesses all over the country.
“That’s why I’m delighted to announce this government will be launching a £1.5 million fund to support people, particularly women, back into work after time out looking after children and other relatives.
“By offering meaningful work that pays, the fund will give people who want to return to employment the opportunity to use their valuable skills, talents and experience.”