15,000 carers in Corby and East Northamptonshire

Andy Sawford - carers speech

I recently made a speech in Parliament to highlight the growing number of people in Corby and East Northamptonshire who are caring for friends and family.

Figures provided to me by Carers UK show:

  • There are 14,980 carers in Corby and East Northamptonshire, a rise of 23% in the last ten years (higher than the 11% rise nationally)

  • 3,458 carers in Corby and East Northamptonshire care for over 50 hours a week – a rise of 40% in the last ten years (far higher than the national increase of 25%)

  • 8,329 carers in Corby and East Northamptonshire juggle work and caring.

During the speech I spoke about the experiences of some of my constituents and my own families experience.

I know that many carers will have jobs and other family to look after. For these people, finding enough time in the day can be extremely difficult.

We should be doing much more to support these people. The care they provide saves billions of pounds for the NHS.

That’s why I want to see carers get more support, both in terms of guidance and information, but also in terms of financial support.

A transcript of my speech can be read on TheyWorkForYou.

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