In 2021, Carers UK estimated there were over 13 million people caring for a disabled, older or seriously ill relative or friend across the country.
In many, many cases, this means juggling work and other commitments while care giving or caring full time on a carers allowance of £69.70 (2022/23).
These ‘unpaid’ carers are estimated to save the government a staggering £135bn per annum.
However, we know that many do not consider themselves ‘carers’ and are not registered as such –thus the estimates above.
As our population ages and life expectancy with a long-term illness increases, more and more people are taking on caring roles.
The cost of private healthcare makes that option restricted for many, and the reputation of the care sector pushes many more into caring for their loved ones themselves.
New unpaid carers are often completely untrained, and unprepared for what they are taking on. For them to succeed, and maintain some sort of quality of life, it’s important that the support and advice is not only in place, but easily sourced and accessible to all.Read the full report