Characteristics of and living arrangements amongst informal carers at the 2011 and 2001 censuses: stability, change and transition

Robards, J., Evandrou, M., Falkingham, J. & Vlachantoni, A. (2014) UK LS 2011 Census Linkage Launch Event, Church House, Westminster, London, 6 March 2014 [ONS LS]

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Introduction:

The EPSRC Care Life Cycle (CLC) research project at the University of Southampton is examining and modelling the supply of and demand for social care in the context of an ageing population. A crucial component of social care in England and Wales is the supply of informal care. In the 2001 and 2011 United Kingdom Censuses, questions were included asking about the provision of informal care. Results from aggregate 2011 Census data show that informal caring increased from 2001; especially among those providing 20-49 hours and 50 hours or more care per week. A gendered dimension to unpaid care provision was also found with females making up 58% of informal carers at 2011. The Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (ONS LS) is a 1% sample of 2011 England and Wales census records linked to earlier census responses (1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001). This provides information on the life course of study members. Using this data it is possible to follow up carers from 2001 and examine their caring and other characteristics ten years later.

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