Are you an unpaid carer?
If your life has become restricted by taking responsibility for the care of another who, due to illness, disability or age, cannot manage on their own, then you are a carer.
Carers can be parents, partners, children, friends or neighbours and can be any age, from the very young to the very elderly. Carers are ordinary people who simply get on with what has to be done when someone close to them needs support.
- There are 660,000 carers in Scotland – 1 in 8 of the population
- Every day almost 500 people take on a caring responsibility – that’s 178,000 people each year.
- 110,000 people provide over 50 hours of care per week.
- 3 in 5 of us will become carers at some point in our lives.
- Over 250,000 people juggle caring with holding down a job.
- By 2037 the number of carers in Scotland will have increased to around 1 million.
- Carers save the Scottish economy £10.3 billion – the cost of providing NHS services in Scotland.
- The main carers’ benefit is worth just £61.35 for a minimum of 35 hours.
- Three quarters of carers are struggling to pay utility bills and more than half are cutting back on food and heating to make ends meet.
- Three quarters of carers say their health is worse because of their caring responsibilities.
(Information from Carers Scotland)