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1 in 8 adults (around 6.5 million people) are carers

  • Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people each year.
  • 58% of carers are women and 42% are men.
  • 1.3 million people provide over 50 hours of care per week.
  • Over 1 million people care for more than one person
  • As of 2019 there could be as many as 8.8 million adult carers in the UK.

Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer

  • 5 million people in the UK are juggling caring responibilities with work - that's 1 in 7 of the workforce.
  • However, the significant demands of caring mean that 600 people give up work every day to care for an older or disabled relative.
  • Carer's Allowance is the main carer's benefit and is £66.15 for a minimum of 35 hours, the lowest benefit of its kind.

People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled

  • 72% of carers responding to Carers UK's State of Caring 2018 Survey said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring.
  • 61% said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring.
  • 8 in 10 people caring for loved ones say they have felt lonely or socially isolated.

 

FACTS ABOUT CARERS 2019

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