Findings from a Carers Trust survey of 3,430 unpaid carers from across the UK show 45% don’t get enough support, while 41% have seen their caring hours rocket in the past year.
For the first time, the annual research also highlights how women, those from poorer backgrounds, carers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, LGB+ carers and older unpaid carers experience additional barriers to support.
- One-in-eight carers (12%) are now caring for at least 50 hours a week more than they used to
- More than two thirds (68%) are unable to get a respite break from their caring role when needed
- Over a third (36%) of unpaid carers don’t think the NHS understands their caring responsibilities or provides adequate support to them
- Only 38% say Carer’s Allowance is enough to make a meaningful difference to them
“The great majority of those who care don’t do so because they don’t want to entrust the care of their loved ones to health or social care services. They do so because support, in practical and financial terms, doesn’t exist. They see no alternative, and a lack of action by the UK Government ensures this crisis continues.” – Unpaid carer Karen.
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