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Carers save the country £119bn a year

The Guardian, 12 May 2011
Publié le : 12 mai 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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Mise à jour le 12 mai 2011
Créé le 12 mai 2011
ISSN 2107-7029
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