Proportion of informal carers by characteristics and proportion of the population who are informal carers

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Headline data

Source: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)


1) Data collection for financial years 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Family Resources Survey (FRS) Information and Methodology for the specific adjustments that have been made in light of the COVID impacts on the sample.

2) For the series "Proportion of population who are informal carers" the base population of the percentage is the total adult population, for instance "in 2020 to 2021, 6 percent of the total adult population were informal carers". For the series "Proportion of informal carers by characteristics" the base population of the percentage is all informal carers, for instance "in 2020 to 2021, of all informal carers, 53 percent were in employment".

3) There are some intentional breaks in the time-series for younger age groups in the 'Proportion of informal carers by characteristics' as for some years there are missing data due to negligible estimates (populations of less than 0.5 per cent, or 0.1 million). For the years 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016 the youngest age category (0-15 years old) is split into two age categories.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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