The Cost Of Living Crisis' Impact On Unpaid Carers
Approximately 33% of unpaid carers are now spending significantly more time caring for their loved ones compared to previous years, primarily due to the increasing cost of living.
In fact, 71% of carers consider managing the current cost of living crisis as one of the most challenging aspects of their caregiving responsibilities. On average, carers have spent over £400 this year on various expenses such as switching to LED lightbulbs (49%), bleeding radiators (42%), servicing boilers (35%), and purchasing higher quality curtains (36%).
And 80% report having to take on new aspects of life they were unfamiliar with. Common areas of new understanding include managing energy use (65%), food prices (61%), and budgeting (48%). Additionally, carers are spending more time ensuring the energy efficiency of the homes they care for, with 78% dedicating extra time last year.
The survey carried out by OnePoll in October 2022, with 1,000 unpaid carers in the UK, commissioned by Smart Energy GB, also found 34% of respondents reported that having a smart meter improved their ability to manage their loved one's energy usage and expenses. Only 8% of unpaid carers feel that they have received adequate support during the cost-of-living crisis, and 80% claim that their stress levels have increased due to unavoidable cost hikes associated with caregiving. The majority (74%) desire financial assistance, while 57% seek aid in managing energy bills.
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