Almost eight million people acting as ‘informal carers’ in UK

Our research for health start-up WeMa has revealed that there are almost eight million people in the UK acting as ‘informal carers’, which means that they are giving regular assistance to another person without being paid for the care given.

We found that of those surveyed, 15% currently consider themselves to be informal carers, which equates to 7.85 million people across the country. These people do not meet the criteria to receive support, however spend on average 13 hours a week caring for someone close to them. This means they aren’t eligible for carers allowance as they complete fewer than 35 hours of care per week.

53% of informal carers surveyed said the role has had a significant impact on their emotional state, while 30% have fallen out with friends and family due to tensions around their responsibilities.

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