Unpaid carers are on the frontline of the social care crisis and need more supportby Ben Glover / December 30, 2018 / Leave a comment
Our rapidly ageing society represents the biggest demographic change in the UK since the Industrial Revolution, a public policy challenge that can no longer be ignored. Almost one in seven older people are today living with an unmet care need, a figure that looks set to only grow. Maintaining what is already a threadbare social care system will require huge sums of money and that’s just to stand still. The cost of social care provision is expected to rise by around £18bn by 2033-34.
In new research published by Demos we found that Britain’s unpaid carers are at the care crisis frontline, saving the taxpayer an amount equivalent to total NHS spending. Without them, our entire formal health and social care systems would collapse.
Yet too many carers feel their invaluable work goes unrecognised. We spoke to many carers who were struggling and finding it hard to cope. Caring was affecting their finances, often pushing them towards poverty. It was harming their relationships and affecting their health and wellbeing.
Worst of all, the government appears to be doing…