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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 31462, tabled on 18 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of unpaid carers providing support to a family member.

Answered on

23 March 2020

This information is not held centrally. However, the 2011 Census indicates that about 10% of the population in England were providing informal care, equivalent to approximately 5.4 million people in 20111.

The Department for Work and Pensions’ Family Resources Survey suggests that just below 40% of carers provide care to a parent, and around 20% care for a spouse, partner or cohabitee within the same household2.


1 Official Labour Market Statistics, 2016/2017

2 DWP, 2019. Family Resources Survey 2017/18

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