Facts & Information

Facts & Information


1        There are almost six million carers in the UK


East 520,209                          East Midlands 435,741

London 609,890                      North East 276,593

North West 724,802                Northern Ireland 185,066

Scotland 481,579                    South East 737,751

South West 495,442               Yorkshire & The Humber 518,211

Wales 340,745                       West Midlands 558,421           


2        One in ten adults in the UK is a carer


3        3 million people juggle work with caring responsibilities for a disabled, ill or frail relative or friend


4        The main carers benefit is Carers Allowance – is £48.65 

       for a minimum of 35 hours, equivalent to £1.39 per hour


5        People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to 

      be permanently sick or disabled


6        Every year 2 million people take on new caring



7        1.25 million people provide over 50 hours a week on their caring responsibilities


8        58% of carers are women, 42% are men


9        1.3 million carers are over the age of 65


10    27% of carers questioned said they had been offered a 

      health check; 88% believed that carers should receive 

      annual health checks


11    Carers save the country / Government £57 billion each 

      year yet the decision to care can mean a commitment to 

      future poverty. Many give up an income, future 

      employment prospects and pension rights to become a 





Stats about carers

Information about Carers Week