Carers UK carried out an online survey between 3rd April and 14th April 2020. A total of 5,047 carers and former carers responded to the survey. This included 4,830 current carers and 217 former carers. Compared to the carer population as a whole, respondents to this survey were more likely to be female and caring for a high number of hours every week. As not all respondents completed every question in the survey, a number of the figures given in this report, including those presented here, are based upon responses from fewer than 5,047 carers.
Of current carers responding to the survey:
- 67% live in England, 19% live in Scotland, 9% live in Northern Ireland, and 6% live in Wales.
- 81% identify as female and 18% identify as male.
- 23% consider themselves to have a disability.
- 1% are aged 0–24, 4% are aged 25–34, 13% are aged 35–44, 27% are aged 45–54, 32% are aged 55– 64, 17% are aged 65–74, and 5% are aged 75 and over.
- 4% identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
- 4% described their ethnicity as black or minority ethnic.
- 18% also have childcare responsibilities for a nondisabled child under 18.
- 36% have been caring for 15 years or more, 17% for between 10–14 years, 24% for 5–9 years, 20% for 1–4 years, 2% for less than one year and just 1% have been caring since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.
- Most (71%) care for one person, 20% care for two people, 6% for three people, and 2% care for four or more people.