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Radio 4 link here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0003jw7 with another career 29/3/19 Lynne Poole
- The national data that energises me (all from Carers UK, 2019 unless otherwise stated):
- Current estimates suggest there are between 6.5m to 8.8m unpaid carers in the UK right now, that’s about 1 in 6 to 1 in 10 of us. Together these carers save the state roughly £132bn, the equivalent of the annual NHS budget.
- 3 in 5 of us will now likely care for someone at some point in our lives and 70% of women can expect to be carers. Almost 50% of all carers are 46-65 and 25% are over 66.
- Estimates are that between 1 in 7 to 1 in 9 carers juggle work and care. Without support, 1 in 6 will have to give up work or reduce their working hours to care.
- 750,000 unpaid carers also work in the NHS.
- 600 people give up work every day to care for an elder or disabled relative.
- The number of carers in the UK looks set to increase by 50% to 9.1m by 2037. Even more people will combine work with caring, and for longer.
- Care home closures, 1.7m care workers ADASS
- Multimorbidity (living with more than one chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure) is increasing rapidly. Nearly twice as many older people in England will need 24hr care within 20yrs. The number of 65yr olds with dementia and two or more other conditions will more than double by 2035. (Newcastle Uni Institute for Ageing). Currently in the UK people can expect to live a fifth of their lives in poor health (approx 16yrs for men and 19 yrs for women, ONS 2017).
- It’s rare for a month to pass without new figures illustrating the pressure the NHS is under.
- To maintain current levels of care, Adult Social Services in England face a £3.5m funding gap by 2025 (Local Government Association)
- The Bucks data that energises me (all from Carers Bucks, 2019 unless otherwise stated):
- There are over 50,000 carers in Bucks (2011 census), and growing. 1 in 4 likely to be a carer at some point in their life
- Each year, carers in Bucks save the NHS over £201m.
- Dept of Health research calculated that £1 invested in an adult carer generated a £10 saving to the LA social services budget. This means that is 18 carers decide to throw in the towel and their loved one goes into a residential home, typically the bill shared by LA and the family is £0.5m.
- What I want to do
- Educate and enable people to invest in a healthier life span.
- Recognise, value for their contribution to society.
- Encourage people to care for family members at home by supporting carers in the work they do and involving the GP and their LA resources
- Encourage cross political party ‘whole family’ change to the social contract and the development of a coordinated national care service that works in concert with housing, benefit and healthcare policy. Break down the silos. Stop scaremongering with dementia tax and death tax.
- Reimagine use of tech
Working carersEmployers lose talent, skills and experience from their workforce and the cost to the economy is estimated to be £5.3 billion in lost earnings due to people dropping out of the workforce (Age UK, 2012). This figure has cost the exchequer almost £1 billion per annum (ibid). Therefore, supporting carers to remain in work can bring considerable benefits to carers, their families, employers and the wider economy, see old but good ADASS report here