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More than 40% of carers feel they lack the support they need

More than 40% (43%) of carers feel that they need more encouragement and support in their role, a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) survey released today revealed.

These carers said that: “I feel I have some encouragement and support but not enough,” a 3% increase since 2012-13, and 17% said “I feel I have no encouragement and support”.

There are 6.5 million people who are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill across the UK, according to the latest statistics from the leading charity Carers UK.

Responsible statistician for the report, Katharine Robbins said: “This survey helps lift the lid on the lives of the many thousands of people who care for another adult as part of their everyday life.

"It shows a wide range of experiences of carers known to local authorities,” she added.

Moreover, in terms of prioritising their needs, 65% of the 57,380 carers surveyed reported that “I do some of the things I value or enjoy with my time but not enough,” which is unchanged from 2012-13.