Strain on unpaid carers putting adult social care at increased risk of collapse

The strain on millions of unpaid carers is harming their health, jeopardising the care of loved ones they care for, and putting the adult social care system at an increased risk of collapse, council and care leaders are warning.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, and Carers UK say rising demand for care and the increasing costs of providing it is putting more pressure on families to look after loved ones, which is taking its toll on their health and wellbeing.

Many of the 5.7 million unpaid carers in England are unable to take a break from their demanding role looking after people with complex needs.

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