To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of carers aged 65 years and over.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the number of carers aged 65 years and over. (152757)
Figures from the Census 2001 National Report for England and Wales indicate that there were 944,650 people aged 65 and over providing unpaid care. The table below shows the distribution of these carers according to the number of hours of care provided per week.
|Care provided per week||Number|
|1 to 19 hours||501,318|
|20 to 49 hours||102,182|
|50 or more hours||341,150|
|Total number of carers||944,650|
Table SO25 Census 2001 National Report for England and Wales