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Other information: Introduction
Informal care provision by family, friends or neighbours is a crucial component in understanding how social care is currently organised and how it could be organised in the future. Aiming to contribute to a better understanding of informal care, we have been analysing the 2001 and 2011 England and Wales Censuses, which included questions on the provision of informal care, defined as “unpaid care to a family member, friend or neighbour because of long-term physical or mental ill-health / disability or problems related to old age”. Data from the 2011 Census has been included in the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (ONS LS), enabling the study of taking up or stopping informal care provision between 2001 and 2011. The ONS LS is a 1% sample of 2011 England and Wales Census records linked to earlier census responses, providing invaluable information on the life course of study members.