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Carers save the country £119bn a year

Publié par Clifford Armion le 05/12/2011

David Brindle

"Carers who look after relatives or friends are saving the nation £119bn a year, or almost as much as the entire cost of the NHS, according to the latest calculation by researchers.

"The figure, equivalent to £13.6m every hour, represents the value of the contribution of the estimated 6.4 million informal carers when priced at the official unit cost of home care by paid workers, £18 an hour.

"As well as coming close to total NHS expenditure, the £119bn is three times the defence budget. It has risen almost 40% since 2007, when the value of carers was put at £87bn, a sign of the growing number of people who are taking on caring responsibilities."

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"Carers save the country £119bn a year", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2011. Consulté le 20/10/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/carers-save-the-country-119bn-a-year