An estimated 4.5 million people – three times the size of the NHS workforce – have been forced to become unpaid carers for sick, older or disabled relatives by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research. The majority of these new carers are women and many are already living in poverty.

Charities say the huge increase – a result of support services being withdrawn – has happened behind closed doors. More than 70% of the new, unpaid carers, said the responsibility was the source of significant stress and that they were deeply concerned about how they would cope as the lockdown eased.

Available Support to Carers
If you have taken on a caring role recently, support is available from Birmingham Carers Hub. If you are caring for someone who is over the age of 18 and they live in Birmingham you can receive a free Carer’s Assessment to identify how we can support you and see if you are eligible for a Carers Wellbeing Payment (£150 – £250). To register with Birmingham Carers Hub click here, or call 0333 006 9711.