The facts on carers in the UK
· One in eight adults is a carer - around six million people. The number is estimated to rise to nine million over the next 30 years.
· One million of them are caring for more than one person.
· Carers save the economy £87bn per year, an average of £15,000 per carer.
· The main carer's benefit is £48.65 for a minimum of 35 hours, equivalent to £1.39 per hour.
· Carers are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled.
· Couples caring for disabled children have divorce rates of twice the UK average.
· 58 per cent of carers are women, 42 per cent are men.
· 1.3 million carers are over 65 and 175,000 are under 18.
· An ageing population, smaller families and different family structures mean that three in five people will care for someone at some point in their lives.
· Every day another 5,500 people are thrust into a caring role.
· Every year 10,000 people have a stroke, 36,000 people are badly injured in a road accident, and 27,000 children are diagnosed with a disability.