A new Carers Trust survey released today (9th March) shows the devastating double whammy of the cost-of-living crisis and the increasing intensity of caring responsibilities shouldered by children and young people providing unpaid care to family members.
The UK-wide survey, released ahead of next week’s Young Carers Action Day (15 March), of 1,109 young carers (aged under 18) and young adult carers (aged 18-25) showed alarming findings, with many young people contributing to or managing the family finances. The survey found that 32% said they always or usually face additional costs because they are a carer. 57% said that they always or usually worry about the cost of living and things becoming more expensive, and 56% said the cost-of-living crisis is always or usually affecting them and their family.
Headline figures show that :
- 56% of respondents to Carers Trust survey say the cost-of-living crisis is always or usually hitting them and their family
- 32% say they always or usually face additional costs because they are a carer
- 56% say the time they spend caring has increased in the past year
- 47% are now caring for more people than they used to