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442,934 Young Unpaid Carers

Friday, November 15, 2013

442,934 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In England And Wales

They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told.

In England and Wales 442,934 young people aged under 25 provide unpaid care each week. This is 7.6% of all persons providing unpaid care and is 2.6% of all young people aged under 25. 

In England 413,779 young people aged under 25 provide unpaid care each week. This is 7.6% of all persons providing unpaid care and is 2.5% of all young people aged under 25.

This data is in a new report being published tomorrow Saturday 16th November at the GMB Young Members Conference in London. 65 young member delegates from Britain and Ireland will attend the conference.

The report shows that 71, 958 young people aged under 25 provide unpaid care every week in London. This is 10.4% of all those in the capital providing unpaid care. Young people aged under 25 providing unpaid care are 2.7% of all young people aged under 25 in London.

The numbers of young people under 25 providing unpaid care in other regions are as follows: North West, 62,826, Wales, 29,155, West Midlands, 47,804, Yorkshire and The Humber, 41,074, North East, 21,033, East Midlands, 35,098, South East, 57,633, East, 40,012 and South West, 36,341. The full figures for each region are in the table below. Also at the foot of this release on the GMB website at www.gmb.org.uk are 10 regional releases showing number of young people under 25 providing unpaid care in each local authority in each region.

The data in the report compiled by GMB is drawn from the Census of Population 2011. See Notes to Editors for definitions and sources.

   

Aged under 25 and providing at least 1 hour of unpaid care every week

as a % of all aged under 25

as a % of all unpaid care provided by all ages

         
 

England and Wales

442,934

2.6

7.6

 

England

413,779

2.5

7.6

         

rank

       

1

London

71,958

2.7

10.4

2

North West

62,826

2.9

8.0

3

Wales

29,155

3.1

7.9

4

West Midlands

47,804

2.7

7.8

5

Yorkshire and The Humber

41,074

2.5

7.4

6

North East

21,033

2.7

7.3

7

East Midlands

35,098

2.5

7.2

8

South East

57,633

2.2

6.8

9

East

40,012

2.3

6.7

10

South West

36,341

2.4

6.4

Kamaljeet Jandu, National Equality and Inclusion Officer, said, "This report shows the extent to which we rely upon young people to provide unpaid care, day in and day out. They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations.

This cuts across the picture that we have of today’s young people and the extent to which we rely on them.

Unfortunately it is this very generation that has borne the brunt of the recession now underway for 6 years. As well as not being able to find jobs young people have been shafted right, left and centre by the government.

They were denied education maintenance grants, they faced a tripling of tuition fees, rising house prices and a lack of affordable housing, and where they have been able to find work they face low wages and zero hour contracts.

This all has an adverse impact on the health, future employment opportunities and social and leisure activities of those young carers providing unpaid care.

What a bum deal affluent Britain has offered this generation of young workers."

Ends

Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB National Equality & Inclusion Officer on 07956 237178 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755/56.

Notes to Editors:

1 Source: Office for National Statistics; Census of Population 2011, table LC3304EW, Provision of unpaid care by age.

2 A person is a provider of unpaid care if they look after or give help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or problems related to old age. This does not include any activities as part of paid employment. No distinction is made about whether any care that a person provides is within their own household or outside of the household.

3 The data is for young carers aged between 5 and 24 who provide over 1 hour of unpaid care per week.

The Census question (number 14) asked: “Do you look after, or give any help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of either:

Long-term physical or mental ill-health/disability?

Problems related to old age?

Do not count anything you do as part of your paid employment.”

Options to answer were:

No

Yes, 1 – 19 hours a week, Yes, 20 – 49 hours a week, Yes, 50 or more hours a week.

For this study GMB has provided data for all unpaid care provided for over one hour per week.

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2011 Census Of Youth Unpaid Care

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Full table of figures for the UK

35,098 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In The East Midlands

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told

71,958 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In London

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told

40,012 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In The Eastern Region

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told

21,033 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In The North East

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told

62,826 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In The North West

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told

57,633 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In The South East

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told

36,341 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In The South West

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told

47,804 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In The West Midlands

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told

41,074 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In The Yorkshire And The Humber

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told

29,155 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In Wales

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They are an essential part of the 'glue' that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told