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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.
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