More than 600 people a day are having to give up working to provide care for older and disabled relatives, leading to calls for the government and UK employers to increase support for family carers.
Research by the charity Carers UK found that 2.6 million have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million (468,000) leaving their job in the last two years alone – more than 600 people a day.
The startling figure represents a 13% increase since Carers UK and pollsters at YouGov surveyed members of the general public in 2013.
According to the findings, more working people are providing unpaid care for loved-ones than previously thought, with almost 5 million adults in the UK forced to juggle between their work and caring for family members.
Source: More than 600 people quit work every day to care for older and disabled relatives : Welfare Weekly