NUMBER OF UNPAID CARERS 

Gateshead

Out of the 202,500 people in Gateshead, over 22,000 residents recognise themselves as unpaid carers. This represents 11.1% of Gateshead’s population which is above the national average of 10.6%.

The number of carers is still increasing; in the last 10 years the total number of carers in Gateshead has increased by 5.1%.

(Census 2011)

UK Wide

There are 8.8 million adult carers in the UK - There are huge personal and financial costs to providing unpaid care for a loved one and estimates that there could now be a large increase in the number of unpaid carers compared to 6.3 million carers recorded in the 2011 Census.

1 in 8 adults are Carers!  

1 in 8 adults are carers


 FINANCIAL PRESSURE 

Carers save the economy £132 billion per year - This means on average, one carer saves the economy £19,336 per year.

2 in 5 carers say they are struggling to make ends meet - More than half (53%) of all carers who are receiving Carer's Allowance say they are struggling to make ends meet. Additionally, 53% of all carers are unable to save for retirement.

2 in 5 Carers are struggling to make ends meet


 HEALTH AND WELLBEING 

72% of carers said they had suffered mental ill health - People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled and 61% reported having physical ill health as a result of caring. 

81% of all carers reported having felt lonely or isolated as a result of their caring role - As a result, carers are nearly twice as anxious as the general population and on average placed their level of happiness at 4.7 out of 10 compared with a population average of 7.5.

8 in 10 carers have felt lonely or isolated as a result of their caring role.


 WORKING CARERS 

Roughly 600 people every day have to give up work to provide care - In the past two years nearly half a million people had to stop working to provide care.


 PRACTICAL SUPPORT WITH CARING 

1 in 8 carers reported that they or those they support received less care or support services during the previous year due to a reduction in the amount of support from social services - As such, 90% of carers don't know what might happen to the practical support they receive in the future or worry that it might be reduced.

1 in 8 carers reported that they support received less care or support services during the previous year due to a reduction in the amount of support from social services.


 CARER'S ASSESSMENTS 

Only 27% of carers in England reported that they had an assessment or a review of their assessment in the last 12 months.


 SUPPORT FOR EMERGENCIES AND CONTINGENCY PLANNING 

Only 1 in 6 carers discussed their caring role with an NHS professional - The discussions were between the carer and an NHS professional such as a GP or a nurse, about the person they care for deteriorates or they are no longer able or willing to provide care for them.