11 July 2019

Carers UK has released its ‘State of Caring report 2019’, based on a survey of more than 7,500 unpaid carers.

The report from the national charity, Carers UK, shows that the financial pressure of caring means that more than half of all carers are unable to save for retirement.

More than two thirds of carers are also using their own income or savings to cover the cost of care, equipment or products for the person they care for.

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said “As it stands, providing unpaid care is pushing thousands of families into poverty and is having a lasting impact on their finances and quality of life...”

39% are also in paid work and the majority provide well over 50 hours of care every week.

You can read more about the Carers UK report on its website.

If you’re a working carer, and would like to meet other carers and talk about issues that are important to you, why not come along to one of our groups? Our evening group in Eastbourne meets on the last Tuesday every month and we have a range of different groups running across East Sussex. No need to book – just turn up.

If you need support with finance or any other issues affecting you as carer, take a look at the advice available on our website, such as the advice for working carers from CareLine magazine, or our article about getting carers connected that contains lots of links to help available online  

Or you can call us on 01323 738390 from 9am to 5pm every weekday to speak with one of our team of dedicated support workers (the Gateway team). Or email us at [email protected] or text us on 07860 077300.