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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