1 in 9 people in Kent are Carers. Many combine their caring responsibilities with education, part-time or full-time work.
A Carer is someone who looks after a relative or friend who due to physical or mental illness, age-related difficulties, disability or an addiction, cannot manage without their support.
Carers are all ages and from all walks of life.
Every day, 6000 people become Carers in the UK.
At least 1 in 9 of the workforce (3 million) are also Carers.
Carers are unpaid and are not the same as paid care workers.
3 in 5 of us will become a Carer at some point in our lives.
Carers that look after someone for more than 35 hours a week can apply for a benefit called Carer’s Allowance. At its current rate it’s just £1.92/hr.
40% Carers have not had a day off in more than a year and 25% for more than 5 years. 64% Carers have not been able to take any breaks during the pandemic
28% Carers say they are struggling to make ends meet.
Being a Carer can be a positive experience but it can also be challenging and exhausting.
Carers provide a valuable and often invisible role in society.
Many Carers find they don’t have the time to look after their own health or social needs because of the amount of time they spend caring.
Carers over 18 who look after someone over 18 are legally entitled to a Carer’s Needs Assessment to help them identify and access the support they need.
Carers have a legal right to unpaid leave without this affecting their employment
Carers have a legal right not to be discriminated against by association with the person they care for (e.g if the person they care for is disabled)
Employed Carers have a legal right to ask for flexible working.
Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per Carer
72% of Carers said they had suffered mental ill health and 61% suffered physical ill health as a result of caring.
8 in 10 Carers say they have felt lonely or socially isolated.