A new survey by the Carers Trust of carers from across the UK provides a stark assessment of how many of the UK’s seven million unpaid family carers have been plunged even further into financial misery by the cost-of-living crisis.
The survey, ‘I Feel Like I’ve Disappeared’ presents some shocking statistics on the effects of the cost-of-living crisis on unpaid carers, including:
- One in seven (14%) unpaid carers have had to use a food bank.
- Almost two thirds (63%) of unpaid carers are worried about being able to afford energy bills.
- Almost two thirds (64%) of unpaid carers have either had to give up work altogether or reduce their paid hours because of their caring role.
- 25% have had to cut back on food.
- 9% have either sold their home or released home equity to pay for essential items.
- 14% have not been able to pay household bills on time.
- 39% have had to cut back on other household items.
- 29% have had to use a credit card to pay for essential household items.
- 26% have had to borrow money from a friend or a relative.
- 18% have had to take out a loan.