The British economy could be boosted by more than £5 billion a year if those forced to give up jobs to care for sick or disabled loved-ones could be helped back into work, a study claims.
Almost six million people in England and Wales provide some kind of regular unpaid care for spouses, parents, children or close friends, analysis of returns from the last national census suggests.
That includes more than one in five of those in their 50s or early 60s. More than a third of carers dedicate more than 20 hours per week to it.
A joint study by the charity Age UK and Carers UK, which supports carers, also concludes that even providing a faction of that amount of care can severely curtail people’s long-term career prospects and earning potential.
So, what’s the suggestion then? Correct, that people should be paid to do this work so that these people should go do other stuff in stead of unpaid care.
Yes, that increases the size of the economy but that’s only because of the way we measure GDP. It doesn’t actually boost anything of any value, does it?
And might even reduce ……do we think that the council scrote coming around offers the same level and standard of care as your own partner doing so?