There were 6.5 million unpaid carers at the last Census in 2011. This number has greatly risen in the last ten years, particularly over the past year due to the Covid pandemic. According to the Carers Week Report 2020, the number of carers in the UK is now around 13.6 million - meaning that roughly 1 in 4 people have a caring role.

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The next census will take place on Sunday 21st March 2021 and includes a question about people’s caring roles:

Please ensure you identify yourself as a carer on the questionnaire by ticking ‘yes’ to this question. It’s important for national and local government and the NHS to know the number of carers so that they can allocate budgets and plan services. In Worcestershire, accurate data strengthens our case for support for carers and helps us to plan for the future needs of carers.

For more information on the census please click HERE.