An analysis of unpaid care throughout England and Wales, and how this varied by age, sex, general health status and economic activity. The provision of unpaid care has increased since 2001 and projections suggest the demand for such care will more than double over the next 30 years. In 2011, females were more likely to be unpaid carers than males. It has also been found that the general health of unpaid carers deteriorated incrementally with increasing levels of unpaid care provided, up to the age of 65.
We take a look at the general health of the population in England and Wales, examining the results at a national, regional and local level. Using a self-assessment of health can be a useful indicator of the population’s general wellbeing and health-related quality of life. Overall, 81.2% of people reported their general health as either “very good” or “good”, with England having a higher proportion of people in “very good” or “good” health than Wales.