'2.3 million' 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.

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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

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