An annual UK-wide survey of unpaid carers has highlighted their concerns over the future.
New survey results have revealed that across the UK, carers in Scotland were most likely to expect to be able to provide less or no care in the future because of poor physical and mental health.
The annual ‘State of Caring’ survey from the charity Carers UK highlighted that:
- 75% of carers surveyed in Scotland said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring
- 63% of carers surveyed in Scotland said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring
The UK wide survey found that only one in ten of those caring unpaid for a relative or friend felt confident that the support they receive and rely upon will continue.
Half of unpaid carers (50%) said they expect their quality of life to get worse in the next 12 months with only 8% saying they expect it to get better.
Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, said: “The care provided by unpaid carers in the UK is worth an estimated £132 billion per year – more than the NHS’s annual budget in England.
“Despite the fact that the NHS and social care sector rely heavily on family and friends, we know that carers feel devastatingly undervalued and unsupported. Our research shows that carers are becoming increasingly fearful about coping in the future due to services they rely on being cut and a general lack of support.”
The organisation says there is an urgent need for access to affordable, high-quality care services, financial support, regular breaks from caring and stronger workplace rights to support people to combine work and care if they wish to.