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In 2011, there were 22,220 people providing unpaid care in Gateshead, 11.1% of the population; this is higher than the England average of 10.3%.[1] The number of unpaid carers in Gateshead increased by around 1,000 between 2001 and 2011. Almost 22% (4,866) of unpaid carers are 65 years of age or older and almost 8% (1,680) are aged 24 or under (477 aged 0-15 / 1,203 aged 16-24).

The time that carers' spend providing care is considerable; in 2011, 3.1% of the total population were providing 50 or more hours care per week. This equates to around 28% of carers. The wards with the highest proportion of carers providing 50 or more hours care per week are Lamesley, High Fell, and Felling - all of which are significantly higher than the Gateshead average [Map - Ward carers providing 50+ hours care per week].[1]

In the 2014/15 Adult Carers Survey, nearly a third (30.3%) of respondents reported spending 100 hours or more per week as a carer.[3]

surveysAlmost one third (30%) of carers responding to a survey in 2014 had responsibility for other dependants in addition to the person or people they care for. This is an increase from 20% in 2011.[2]

The percentage of adult carers who have as much social contact as they would like is 42.7% which is significantly better than the England average of 32.5% and more in line with the North East average of 39.6% [Chart - Carers social contact]. It is, however, down on the previous surveys in 2016/17, 2014/15 and 2012/13 where 46.4%, 49.7% and 57.0% of carers, respectively, said they had as much social contact as they would like.[4]

Carers who have enough social contact

moneyHalf of respondents said that their caring role had caused them financial difficulties in the past 12 months. There has been a considerable increase, from 17% in 2011 to 54% in 2014, in the number of respondents stating that they had had to use their own money to pay for equipment and services for the cared for.[2]

Self-reported health of carers appears to have worsened between 2011 and 2014; 74% of respondents reported that their health was worse as a result of their caring role.[2]

Whilst the majority of carers responding to one survey reported that they were aware of where to go to access support to help them in their caring role, 42% were not.[2] In the 2014/15 Adult Carers Survey, 78.2% of carers reported that they found it very or fairly easy to find information and advice about support, services or benefits. This is better than the England average of 66.0% and better than the North East average of 72.5%. It compares with the previous 2012/13 figure of 79.3%.[3]

Although more than 80% of carers reported that they were quite, very or extremely satisfied with the care they receive from social services,[3] many carers in Gateshead report poor or very poor quality of life and unmet need.[2]

(OurGateshead - See what groups and support are available for 'Carers' and 'Day Care')

[1] ONS Census, 2011 (ONS or Local Health website)

[2] Gateshead Carer Survey Report, Gateshead Carers Association, May 2014 (Gatesheadcarers.com website)

[3] Personal Social Services User Survey of Carers in England, Summary of Survey Results, 2014/15

[4] Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers. HSCIC 2018/19 (PHOF website)

Last modified on 4th March 2020

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