One in four woman over 50 are ‘informal carers’ as council budgets are slashed

A quarter of women over 50 act as carers for loved ones, stepping in after social care budgets were slashed.

The Office for National Statistics found overall one in five people aged 50 to 69 were carers, with one in eight men looking after a spouse or parent.

Almost two-thirds of those caring for parents also worked.

Sarah Crofts, of the ONS, said: “An ageing population means more older workers may take on caring responsibilities.

“We have shown working and caring is being combined, ­particularly by women.”

The Mirror launched its Care for All campaign in response to a 27% drop in state funding for social care since 2010.

Barbara Keeley, Shadow Minister for Social Care, warned: “The devastating cost of Tory budget cuts is now falling on families across the UK.

“Many are giving up work to fill the gaps in care left due to the under-funding of local councils.”

And Helen Walker, of Carers UK, said: “A rising number of people in their 50s and 60s are juggling work and caring for a loved one.

"As a result they are one of the most time-poor and stressed generations.”

The Department for Health and Social Care said carers “make an invaluable contribution to society” and a green paper would include support for them.

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