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The European voice for informal carers

New research report on the cycles of caring in the UK

To mark Carers Rights Day 2022, our colleagues from Carers UK are launching a new research report Cycles of caring: transitions in and out of unpaid care, in collaboration with the Centre for Care at the University of Sheffield.

The research, which is based on data from 2010-2020, found that:

  • 4.3m people became unpaid carers every year – that’s 12,000 people a day.
  • More than 4m people leave their unpaid caring roles every year.
  • These transitions are not experienced by people equally, with women more likely to provide unpaid care and to provide more hours of care than men.
  • More than 1.9m people in paid employment became carers every year.
  • Older workers are most likely to take on caring responsibilities: people aged 46-65 were the largest age group to become unpaid care (41%).

Carers UK hold Carers Rights Day each year to raise awareness of the needs of carers and ensure that carers are aware of their rights and know where to get help and support.

The report makes a number of recommendations, including calling on UK Government to launch a funded National Carers Strategy for England, introduce awareness raising campaigns and adopt a strategic approach to identifying carers, so that everyone providing unpaid care has early access to information and support. The findings also highlight the importance of good workplace support for unpaid carers.

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