Characteristics of and living arrangements amongst informal carers in England and Wales at the 2011 and 2001 Censuses: stability, change and transition

Robards, J., Evandrou, M., Falkingham, J. & Vlachantoni, A. (2014) BSPS Annual Conference 2014, Univ of Winchester, 8 - 10 September 2014. [ONS LS]

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Abstract:

Informal caring in England and Wales has become a key social policy issue in relation to population ageing and expenditure cuts in local services of adult social care. At the 2011 and 2001 Censuses a question on the provision of informal (unpaid) care was included. Headline results from the 2011 Census showed that more people are likely to become informal carers at some point in their lives and informal caring of 20 hours or more per week had increased in prevalence from 2001. Using a 1% sample of England and Wales 2011 Census records matched to the 2001 Census responses from the same individuals, the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study, this paper investigates the characteristics of informal carers at 2001 and 2011, identifies transitions between caring intensities and for carers at 2001 identifies characteristics associated with repetition of informal caring at 2011. This is the first study to present results for informal caring transitions between 2001 and 2011. Results suggest that a greater number of people started caring at some point between 2001 and 2011 than stopped caring. Characteristics associated with informal caring at 2001 or 2011 show stability. Around a third of those caring at 2001 were also caring ten years later. Multivariate analyses to predict informal caring at 2011 among the carers at 2001 show that those providing 50 hours or more care in 2001 were the most likely to be caring at 2011, suggesting that past provision of care is crucial in predicting future caring.

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