Monday, July 16, 2018

We are a caring world

The number of people caring for a family member has reached 7.6 million, a sharp increase of one million compared with a decade ago.  The Social Market Foundation, an independent thinktank, shows that millions are now giving up their time to for free to look after elderly relatives, a partner or a sick or disabled child – with the number spending 20 hours or more caring for a relative up by 4% between 2005 and 2015.

The Social Market Foundation report also found that family carers provide 149m hours of care each week, equal to the work of 4 million full-time caregivers. More than half (59%) of those providing care for an elderly relative are women. Of those providing care to a sick or disabled child, 65% are women. The report highlighted how caring can affect earning, with women aged 40-64 who are non-carers making a median £1,500 a month, £50 a month more than carers, who earn a median £1,450.

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