Over a fifth of Carers providing care for more than 50 hours a week

The following report emphasises just how much work the Government has to do in improving the lives of carers.  It confirms that in most cases social care starts in the home, provided  by families.  Instead of government taking steps to eradicate carers,  they should be recognising them even more and putting necessary support in place, both financially and with resources.
The Social Care system is at breaking point now and   by continually overlooking the input families provide, the Government are missing a real opportunity to bring about great changes.  Any new system for Social Care must start in the home, build on the strong foundation families provide….  bottom up, not top down. It is the only way as a country we can move forward and address the problems we will be facing,  with an ever increasing number of elderly/disabled people.

Five million adults aged 16 or over in England – nearly one in eight – act as a carer for a sick, elderly or disabled person, with over a fifth providing care for more than 50 hours a week, provisional figures from The NHS Information Centre show today.

22 per cent provide care for 50 hours or more, compared to 10 per cent in 2000-01. Latest figures also provisionally show nearly half of carers (48 per cent) provide 20 hours or more of care a week and 30 per cent provide 35 hours or more.

A separate survey also published today suggests that carers known to councils with adult social services responsibilities have more intense caring duties, with nearly half (49 per cent) spending over 50 hours a week caring and over a third (37 per cent) caring for more than 100 hours a week.

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