The equality bill that is due to be signed into law by the government will include a clause concerning the rights of people who look after loved ones with disabilities, it has been revealed.
Minister for women and equality Harriet Harman has stated that the bill will feature protection in the areas of employment, as well as "goods, facilities and services", for carers.
It comes after a landmark case seen last year in the European Court of Justice, in which Sharon Coleman - the mother of a disabled boy - won her claim against her employer after she was denied the right to have time off work.
The latest move from the government was hailed by Carers UK, with spokesperson Imelda Redmond commenting that it will enable people who look after ill, disabled or elderly relatives "to assert their right not to be discriminated against".
Last week, Harriet Harman presented civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson with the 2009 Global Diversity Award.
Employers Forum On Disability, 3rd April 2009