Unpaid care, 2011 Census

The provision of unpaid care in England and Wales is becoming more common as the population ages. Unpaid care is a significant social policy issue because it makes an important contribution to the supply of care, but is also likely to impact on the employment, social and leisure opportunities of carers.

The 2011 Census asked whether you provided unpaid care to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or problems related to old age and for how many hours per week.

On the day of the census, March 27th 2011, the vast majority of residents in the Lancashire-14 area, 1,295,205 provided no unpaid care, but a total of 165,288 stated that they did provide some form of care for between one and over 50 hours per week, Just over 100,000 performed one to 19 hours of care per week, whilst for over 41,500 Lancashire-14 residents, it involved a substantial 50 hours or more.

In percentage terms, 89.7% of residents in England and Wales performed no unpaid care. This was slightly above the Lancashire-12 and Lancashire-14 averages of 88.6% and 88.7% respectively. At the local authority level, the percentages ranged from 89.9% in Preston that had no unpaid care responsibilities to 87.2% in Wyre.

For those people in the community who spend 50 hours or more on unpaid care, they account for 3.0% or more of local residents in Burnley, Hyndburn, West Lancashire and Wyre. 

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To see the detailed interactive maps on this topic please click here. Figures are available for Lancashire local authorities and down to the ward level. 

Page updated August 2013