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Valuing Carers 2011: Calculating the value of carers’ support

01 June 2011

This paper updates the estimate of the value of carers’ support published by Carers UK in 2007 in Valuing carers – calculating the value of carers’ support.

There are over six million carers, family, friends and neighbours who provide unpaid care to someone who is ill, frail or disabled. The care they provide to help sustain people in their own homes and in their own communities is vital. Without it, society would collapse.

Key points:

  • The economic value of the contribution made by carers in the UK is a remarkable £119 billion per year.
  • £119 billion is considerably more than the annual cost of all aspects of the NHS - £98.8 billion – in the year 2009-2010
  • This latest figure is 37% higher than the 2007 estimate.


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