County car­ers saving the UK econ­omy £830m ev­ery year

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS -

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.

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