What is a carer?
Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring, they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination.
Caring in numbers
- There are over 6.5 million carers in the UK.
- Every day 6,000 people take on new caring responsibilities.
- Every year two million people take on new caring responsibilities.
- Most carers (5.7 million) are aged over 18 and the peak age for caring is 50 to 59.
- 1.5 million carers are aged over the age of 60.
- There are 175,000 young people under the age of 18 who provide care, 13,000 of these provide care for 50 hours or more per week.
- One in eight workers in the UK combine work with caring responsibilities for a disabled, ill or frail relative or friend.
This year Carers Week launched with the findings of a survey of over 2,100 carers. Prepared to Care? explores the impact caring has on people's lives.