Facts about carers 2012

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Carers UK (Organization)
Carers UK
Date of publication
1 November 2012
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This briefing provides key information on carers in the UK in 2012. The 2011 Census figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland show an increase in the number of carers since the last Census in 2001, from 5.22 million to 6 million, an increase of 629,000 people who are providing care in only 10 years. Census 2011 figures from Scotland are not yet available but projections by Carers UK and the University of Leeds based on the 2001 Census estimate the number of carers in Scotland to be 516,358. The latest figures from Census 2001 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined with the projected figure for Scotland suggests that there are over six and a half million carers in the UK.

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