Facts about caring

  • 3 out of 5 people in the UK will become carers at some time in their lives.
  • Over 8 million people are carers (around 13%).
  • Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people each year.
  • 58% of carers are women and 42% are men.
  • Over 1 million people care for more than one person.
  • Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer.
  • 5 million people juggle care with work, however the significant demands of caring mean that 2 in 5 carers are forced to give up work altogether.
  • Carer’s Allowance is the main carer’s benefit and is £67.25 for a minimum of 35 hours, equivalent to £1.92 per hour – far short of the national minimum wage of £8.72 per hour.
  • People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled
  • 625,000 people suffer mental and physical ill health as a direct consequence of the stress and physical demands of caring.
  • Over 1.3 million people provide over 50 hours of care per week.

Source: Carers UK

The local picture


According to the 2021 Census, 33973 people in Bristol are looking after someone without being paid

South Gloucestershire

According to the 2021 Census, 23652 people in South Gloucestershire are looking after someone without being paid

The 2011 census shows that:

  • There are 1,384 young carers (children under 16).
  • There are 3,916 young adult carers (16 to 24 years old).

Economic contribution made by local carers

  • In Bristol and South Gloucestershire alone, it is estimated that carers save health and social care services £1.19 billion every year by providing unpaid care.
  • The economic value of the contribution made by carers in Bristol is £755.5 m per year which is the highest in the South West.
  • The economic value of the contribution made by carers in South Glos is £439.3 million per year.

Source: Carers UK/Valuing Carers 2015