County carers saving the UK economy £830m every year
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE’S 52,000 unpaid carers save the economy more than £830 million each year, according to a new report by Carers UK and the University of Sheffield.
Across the UK, carers are saving the state £132billion each year, almost double the value in 2001 (£68bn).
Carers Bucks, the charity which supports the wellbeing of unpaid family carers in Buckinghamshire, celebrated Carers Rights Day on Friday, November 20, a day which brings communities together to help carers find out about their rights and how to get the help and support to which they are entitled.
Chief executive of Carers Bucks Stephen Archibald said: “As the report by Carers UK shows, carers are making an ever increasing contribution to the economy each year, and it demonstrates the vital role that carers play in providing care to their family and loved ones.
“Each year in Buckinghamshire, 14,000 people become carers for the first time and there are more than 52,000 carers in the county. If you are caring for someone who is ill, frail or has a disability, then it’s important that you know your rights and where to get help.”
For more advice on your caring role, contact Carers Bucks on 0300 777 2722 or email mail@ carersbucks.org.