In the future most people's lives will include at least one episode of unpaid caring.
The latest figures on carers are from information published by the Office for National Statistics resulting from the 2011 Census. This showed that there has been an increase of 600,000 (11%) in the total number of carers since the last census in 2001 – with the national figure now standing at 6.5 million carers in the UK. The gender ration has remained the same; 58% of carers are women and 42% are men.
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