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The national and local picture and developments that have shaped this strategy

The national picture

See appendix 1 for details of how the following national developments including new legislation has informed this strategy:

  • Refreshed National Carers’ Strategy 2017
  • National Carers’ Strategy and its 4 priorities, which form the basis of the work we will be doing in this strategy.
  • The Care Act 2014 which gives carers equal rights as those they care for
  • The Children and Families Act 2014 – giving parent carers much more choice and control about the support they and their children receive
  • The Children and Families Act 2014 significantly strengthens the rights of young carers
  • The NHS Five Year Forward View for more integrated health and care, early intervention and services delivered closer to people’s homes
  • The Sustainability and Transformation Plan for health and care across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
  • Carers’ experience of care and support, captured from the annual Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England.

The local picture

Data from the 2011 Census shows there are 27,639 carers in South Gloucestershire – 10.5% of the total population are carers, slightly above the national average of 10.3%. The proportion of older adults aged 50 and over who are caring is higher than the national average. There are 524 young carers aged 0 – 15, but this is likely to be an underestimate. There are 817 carers from black and minority ethnic communities in South Gloucestershire.

24% of carers in South Gloucestershire (or over 6,600 carers) provide 50 hours or more a week of support. [ix] Figure one sets out the hours of care provided, as reported in the 2001 and 2011 census:

Figure one

Hours of unpaid catre provided 2001 and 2011

The number of people aged 65 and over in South Gloucestershire who are carers is set to rise – figure two sets out the projected increase.[x]

Figure two

Number of people aged 65 and over who are caring Percentage increase from 2015 figures
2015 7,798
2020 8,425 8%
2025 9,234 18%
2030 10,442 34%

By 2045, the number of carers of all ages in South Gloucestershire is predicted to rise by 60% to approximately 43,000 carers.[xi]



[ix]  2001 Census

[x] Projecting Older People Population Information System

[xi] Carers’Trust Webpages – facts about carers