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Carers UK Forum • How many carers?
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How many carers?

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:41 am
by Scally
I'm quite proud of this study, as I am one of the researchers on the Scottish Household Survey panel, and unlike the census: all our interviews are carried out face to face in the household so we tend to probe a bit. The SHS figures are as close to the truth as anyone is going to get: somewhere around 1 in 8 people in Scotland have some caring responsibilities, we measure folk with as little as 1-4 hrs caring - and sure, for many of them this does mean dropping in on granny a couple of times a week or helping with shopping, and that is vital too. The census figure is lower because the criteria are higher and many people just dont see themselves as carers, but at the end of the day, who cares whether it is 657,000 or 480,000: it is still a huge number of people:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications ... 23163626/0
Estimated numbers of carers in Scotland

2.19 The most current statistical profile of Scotland in 2008 suggests that there are approximately 657,300 unpaid carers in Scotland ( SHS, 2007-2008). This approximates to about 13% of the population or 1 in 8 of the population. In the Care 21 Report it was estimated that there were 668,200 unpaid carers in Scotland ( SHS, 2001-2002). The report suggested this approximates to around 1 in 8 of the population (p.80). The 2001 Census estimates there are around 480,000 unpaid carers in Scotland, which would equate to around 1 in 12 of the population. This figure is quoted by caring organisations, such as the Coalition of Carers in Scotland.

2.20 Young carers in Scotland are harder to identify as they can be a hidden group in society. Estimates of the number of young carers vary significantly from around 16,700 in the 2001 Census, to 100,000 by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. The latter figure would equate to approximately 1 in 12 secondary school-aged children in Scotland.

Re: How many carers?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:39 pm
by Myrtle
No don't do that Audrey, esle I'll think it's just me Image

Re: How many carers?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:35 am
by Scally
I do understand, honest! The numbers are too big to get a real handle on ... but what they are saying is that there are an awful lot of carers Image