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Rise in unpaid carers during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

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Rise in unpaid carers during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

The six Carers Week charities — Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness — have published research based on polling carried out by YouGov in May 2020 of 4,557 people over the age of 18 living in the UK.

The figures show that an estimated 4.5 million people in the UK have become unpaid carers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is on top of the 9.1 million unpaid carers who were already caring before the outbreak, bringing the total to 13.6 million. 2.7 million women (59 per cent) and 1.8 million men (41 per cent) have started caring for relatives who are older, disabled or living with a physical or mental illness.