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Huge increase in family members becoming unpaid carers

An estimated 4.5 million people have been forced to become unpaid carers for sick, older or disabled relatives by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research shown in The Guardian. Charities say the huge increase has happened a result of support services being withdrawn. There were already an estimated 9.1 million unpaid carers before the outbreak. This research comes after it was revealed that more than 100,000 carers have begun to use food banks in UK lockdown.

Experts say that the increase has profound implications for society as more than 70% of the new, unpaid carers said the responsibility was the source of significant stress and that they were deeply concerned about how they would cope as the lockdown eased. Helen Walker, the chief executive of Carers UK said: “Unpaid carers are the pillars of our health and social care systems, yet many say they feel invisible and ignored”.

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Lisa Ray
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