Who are informal carers?
- According to the 2011 census, an estimated 6.5 million informal carers in the UK were providing unpaid care (Census 2011), saving the government approximately £530 million per day and £193 billion per year during the pandemic (Carers UK, Unseen and Undervalued, 2020)
- A 2022 research report by Carers UK (Carers Week 2022) suggests this has now risen to 10.6 million (Carers UK, Carers Week 2022 research report). Therefore this means that 1 in 5 adults in the UK are currently providing care.
- An additional 4.3 million people became unpaid carers every year amounting to – 12,000 people a day (Petrillo and Bennett, 2022).
- More than half of all unpaid carers (58% ) are women (Census 2011).
- One in seven carers in the UK are juggling work and care (Carers UK, Juggling Work and Care, 2019).
- Between 2010-2020, people aged 46-65 were the largest age group to become unpaid carers. 41% of people who became unpaid carers were in this age group (Petrillo and Bennett, 2022)
When to turn to formal support
- The carer is unwell themselves
- The carer may still be working or have other commitments
- The needs of the cared-for person go beyond the skills of the carer
- The carer passes away
How to find appropriate support
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