State of Caring 2021 - key findings:

In 2021, 8,500 current and former carers shared their experiences and helped inform Carers UK's State of Caring 2021 report. 

Read more in the full report here


  • One in five unpaid carers are worried they may not cope financially over the next 12 months
  • One in four carers (23%) may not have enough money to cover their monthly expenses
  • Carers spend an estimated £1,370 a year on average on services or equipment for the person they care for
  • Over half of carers (52%) feel anxious or stressed about their finances

What Carers UK are doing with your evidence

  • Campaigning for increased rights and entitlements for carers by sharing select findings with MPs, Government and local decision makers.

  • Understanding your experiences to argue for better rights such as a right to Carer’s Leave in the workplace.

  • Providing evidence to help improve carers’ experience of services and support to make life easier.

  • Making a strong case for increasing financial support, such as Carer’s Allowance.

  • Providing evidence of the impact of the pandemic on unpaid carers, to argue for better support to manage through and recover from the pandemic.