Poverty rates for informal carers

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The poverty rate among carers continues to be above those who are not carers. The poverty gap between carers and non-carers widened from 2013/14 to 2015/16 and has remained broadly steady at its current level since then.

The proportion of adults who are informal carers has remained relatively stable at around 8-10% over the last 15 years.

Working-age informal carers are less likely to be employed than those without caring responsibilities.

Around two-thirds of carers are in employment. By contrast, more than 7 in 10 women and more than 8 in 10 men who are not carers are employed.

The amount of time spent caring also impacts ability to work. Six in 10 of those who are caring for 35 hours or more a week are workless, three times the rate of those caring for less than 20 hours a week.

Of those carers who are working, those with higher caring responsibilities (35+ hours or 20–34 hours) are more likely to work part-time than those providing lower levels of care (less than 20 hours).

The data presented here is from our 2022 UK Poverty report, setting out the trends and impacts of poverty across the UK. Read the full report at UK Poverty 2022.