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A carer is a person who provides unpaid care and support to a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

Based on the last Census in 2011, there are approximately 59,000 adult carers living in County Durham, of which nearly 17,000 are providing 50 hours or more care a week.

Factsheet: Carers (PDF, 568kb)

Key messages

  • The number of carers aged 65+ providing unpaid care is set to increase by 29.3% in County Durham by 2030 (from 14,911 in 2014 to 19,279 in 2030).
  • Carers in County Durham report a higher quality of life, are more involved in decision-making, find it easier to access information and are less socially isolated than the North East and England averages. (2016/17 Survey of Adult Carers in England)

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