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Full-time carer 'juggles everyone and everything'

Forty-eight-year-old Swati Yap quit work to care for her mother, who has lived with Swati and her family since 2006.

Swati's mother is in bad health, with lung problems and memory loss.

Speaking to Daybreak, Swati said she is constantly stressed, and spends her days juggling "everyone and everything."

Swati used to work in pharmaceutical sales, but was forced to quit her career to become a full time carer.

One in ten gives their time to caring for a loved one

A charity has revealed that more than two million people in the UK have given up work to look after sick, disabled or elderly loved ones.

  • One in 10 residents devotes at least part of their week to caring for disabled, sick or elderly relatives and loved ones without any expectation of payment
  • At 5.8 million, this is an 11 per cent rise on the 5.2 million unpaid carers recorded in the 2001 census
  • The greatest increase was among those providing more than 20 hours a week of care, with the number rising from 1.66 million a decade ago to 2.1 million in 2011
  • Nearly 300,000 extra people are dedicating 50 or more hours a week to looking after family and friends, with the figure now standing at 1.36 million

Figures published after the 2011 Census in England and Wales


Carers need 'urgent government action'

The chief executive of Carers UK said that employers "can play a critical role" in changing how the society supports people with family responsibilities.

It comes at the charity announces an estimated 2.3 million have been forced to leave work to care for loved ones.

Helena Herklots said:

But support from employers can only go so far, and families need to be able to access reliable, good quality and affordable care and support services to enable them to juggle work and care.

Without urgent action from Government to ensure families can access this support, millions more will see their careers and earnings suffer - with long-term personal costs to families and significant costs to business and the UK economy.

– Helena Herklots, Carers UK chief executive

Estimated '2.3 million' in the UK leave work to care

An estimated 2.3 million people in the UK have given up their jobs to care for disabled, sick or elderly relatives and loved ones, a survey has found.

Less than a quarter of the population have seen their work affected by caring responsibilities, with almost three million people reducing their working hours to cope, an online poll for the charity Carers UK has revealed.

Out of the 2,073 adults Carers UK spoke to, the hardest hit were 45-54-year-olds, with nearly 30 per cent of them reporting that caring had taken a toll on their work.

The findings have prompted the organisation, along with the group Employers for Carers, to call for more support for people balancing work and caring roles.