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In the UK, 6000 people become carers every single day[1], with 3 in 5 people becoming carers in their lifetime. The number of carers is on the rise. Currently, 1 in 8 people in the UK are carers, but this number is expected to increase to 9 million nationwide by 2037[2]

1.4 million carers provide over 50 hours of unpaid care each week[3]. The free care delivered each year is worth £119 billion[4].

According to the 2019 State of Caring Survey, 39% of carers said that they struggled to meet ends meet[5]. Almost 70% of carers use their income to fund the support services and equipment required to assist the care recipient[6]. As a result, 1.2 million carers are impoverished[7], with over half emphasising that financial implications and concerns associated with being a carer has negatively affected their health.

Many carers in the UK have to juggle both full-time employment and caring responsibilities. The head of charity Carers UK, Helen Walker, explained that 15% of the working population both work and care[8]. Numerous "sandwich carers" do so without sufficient funding or access to carers benefits. As a result, over 600 people resign from their employment every day to commit to caring[9].

1.4 million carers provide over 50 hours of unpaid care each week[3]. The free care delivered each year is worth £119 billion[4].

According to the 2019 State of Caring Survey, 39% of carers said that they struggled to meet ends meet[5]. Almost 70% of carers use their income to fund the support services and equipment required to assist the care recipient[6]. As a result, 1.2 million carers are impoverished[7], with over half emphasising that financial implications and concerns associated with being a carer has negatively affected their health.

Many carers in the UK have to juggle both full-time employment and caring responsibilities. The head of charity Carers UK, Helen Walker, explained that 15% of the working population both work and care[8]. Numerous "sandwich carers" do so without sufficient funding or access to carers benefits. As a result, over 600 people resign from their employment every day to commit to caring[9].

Carers are far more likely to experience poor mental and physical health than non-carers. Over 80% of carers who participated in the State of Care Survey said that they felt lonely or socially isolated as their responsibilities as a carer prevented them from socialising[10]. Unsurprisingly, Carers Scotland found that half of carers emphasised that their health declined as a result of being unable to focus on their wellbeing[11].

Carers enable loved on ones with poor health to live life without limitations. They make up a large part of the healthcare sector while never being paid for their selfless services, saving the economy billions. While caring is very rewarding, it is also met with many welfare and financial challenges.

The Key Safe Company wants to thank all these unsung heroes, who put their own health and wellbeing on pause in the service of others.

 


[1] https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/press-releases/facts-and-figures

[2] https://www.carersuk.org/images/Facts_about_Carers_2019.pdf

[3] Ibid. p3

[4] https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/news/unpaid-carers-save-119-billion-a-year

[5] https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/state-of-caring-survey-2019

[6] Ibid.

[7] https://www.npi.org.uk/files/2114/6411/1359/Carers_and_poverty_in_the_UK_-_full_report.pdf

[8] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-47116657

[9] Ibid.

[10] https://www.carersuk.org/images/Facts_about_Carers_2019.pdf

[11] Ibid. p11