41,074 Young People Aged Under 25 Provide Unpaid Care Every Week In The Yorkshire And The Humber

15 Nov 2013

They are an essential part of the ‘glue’ that maintains social solidarity across the generations GMB young members conference told.  A new report, published at the GMB Young Members conference in London on Saturday 16th November, shows that 41,074 young people aged under 25 provide unpaid care every week in the Yorkshire and The Humber. This is 7.4% of all those in the region providing unpaid care. Young people aged under 25 providing unpaid care are 2.5% of all young people aged under 25 in the Yorkshire and The Humber region.

There are 3,308 young people aged under 25 providing unpaid care in Bradford. That is 10.1% of all those providing unpaid care in Bradford and 2.8% of all those aged under 25 in Bradford. The numbers of young people under 25 providing unpaid care in other area of the region are as follows: Kingston upon Hull 2,131, Leeds 5,962, Kirklees 3,591, Sheffield 4,594, Calderdale 1,610, Doncaster 2,449, York 1,310, Barnsley 1,935, Wakefield 2,586, Rotherham 1,999, North Lincolnshire 1,148, North East Lincolnshire 997, East Riding of Yorkshire 2,057 and North Yorkshire 3,543. See the table below for all the details for the region.
In England 413,779 young people aged under 25 provide unpaid care each week. This is 7.6% of all persons providing unpaid care and is 2.5% of all young people aged under 25. The data in the report compiled by GMB is drawn from the Census of Population 2011. See Notes to Editors for definitions and sources.

Tim Roache, GMB Regional Secretary, said, “This report shows the extent to which this region relies upon young people to provide unpaid care, day in and day out. They are an essential part of the ‘glue’ that maintains social solidarity across the generations.

This cuts across the picture that we have of today’s young people and the extent to which we rely on them.

Unfortunately it is this very generation that has borne the brunt of the recession now underway for 6 years. As well as not being able to find jobs young people have been shafted right, left and centre by the government.

They were denied education maintenance grants, they faced a tripling of tuition fees, rising house prices and a lack of affordable housing, and where they have been able to find work they face low wages and zero hour contracts.

This all has an adverse impact on the health, future employment opportunities and social and leisure activities of those young carers providing unpaid care.

What a bum deal affluent Britain has offered this generation of young workers.”