Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 23 March 2020.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Chair, Health and Social Care Committee, Chair, Health and Social Care Committee

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.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

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 PensionsFamily 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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