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Source: Office for National Statistics

Geographical Area: Great Britain

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: The data were collected between 31 March and 25 April 2021. During this period the “rule of 6” was in place in England (29 March), “stay local” restrictions were lifted in Wales (from 27 March), and “stay home” rules in Scotland were replaced by “stay local” rules (2 April).

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.

Indicator available
Indicator description

Proportion of the population who are unpaid carers, by time spent on unpaid care, disability status, age and sex.

Geographical coverage

Great Britain

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

A person is considered an “unpaid-carer” if they provide support/care to an individual who has needs due to physical or mental health condition(s) or illness(es), or problems related to old age, excluding anything they did as part of their paid employment. This definition is consistent with the Government Statistical Service (GSS) harmonised “core” definition .

Unpaid carers are self-reported as everyone who answered "Yes" or "No" to the question - "In the past seven days, did you look after or give any help or support to, anyone inside or outside your household because they have - long-term physical or mental health conditions or illnesses, or problems related to old age?"

A person is considered to have a disability if they have a self-reported long-standing illness, condition or impairment which causes difficulty with day-to-day activities. his definition is consistent with the Government Statistical Service (GSS) harmonised “core” definition and the Equality Act 2010.

Available disaggregations

Age, Sex, Disability, Numbers of hours spent

Calculations

The headline figure was calculated by taking the number of carers divided by the weighted sample size.

Other information

The data were collected between 31 March and 25 April 2021. During this period the “rule of 6” was in place in England (29 March), “stay local” restrictions were lifted in Wales (from 27 March), and “stay home” rules in Scotland were replaced by “stay local” rules (2 April).

This indicator previously showed data from the time use survey. As this data is discontinued it has been replaced by data from the OPN, currently displayed.

For more information about this data please see the publication.

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location

Target name

Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

UN Statistics Division (UNSD)

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Organisation

Office for National Statistics

Periodicity

N/A

Earliest available data

2021

Geographical coverage

Great Britain

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Release date 10 June 2021
Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Official statistics

Contact details

Social.Care@ons.gov.uk

Other information