Carers Facts and Stats




There are over 6.5 million carers in the UK

The number of carers age 65+ increased by 35% between 2001 and 2011

The value of care and support provided by carers is estimated as £119 billion per year 

In England and Wales 58% of carers are women and 42% are men

Almost a third of people caring for 35 hours or more per week say that they receive no practical support with caring

84% of carers surveyed by Carers UK said that caring has a negative impact on their health

54% of people caring for someone discharged from hospital had either not been consulted about their discharge or had only been consulted at the last minute

44% of carers have been in debt as a result of caring

92% of carers said that their mental health has been affected by caring

Over 3 million people in England and Wales are working alongside caring

56% of carers who give up work to care have spent over 5 years out of work as a result

By 2037 it is anticipated that the number of carers will increase to 9 million




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