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Who cares? Geographic variation in unpaid caregiving in England and Wales: evidence from the 2001 census

Young, Harriet, Grundy, Emily and Kalogirou, Stamatis (2005) Who cares? Geographic variation in unpaid caregiving in England and Wales: evidence from the 2001 census. Population Trends (120). pp. 23-34. ISSN 0307-4463

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Abstract

This article investigates the prevalence of unpaid caregiving by local authority district in England and Wales, using data from a new question on caregiving in the 2001 Census. We also examine geographic variation in the characteristics of unpaid care providers including health status, socio-economic status and ethnicity. Results show clear geographic variations in caregiving. The proportion of adults providing more than 20 hours of care per week ranged from less than 2 per cent to nearly 8 per cent. The highest proportions of caregivers were found in areas with higher than average levels of deprivation and long-term illness. Carers in such areas were themselves more likely to be in poor health. There are also clear variations in caregiving propensity by ethnic group.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/population-trends-rd...
Additional Information: © 2005 Crown copyright
Divisions: Social Policy
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > ALPHA (Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis)
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 09:21
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 01:13
Funders: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53646

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