Scottish carers reach breaking point

Scotland’s army of unpaid carers are reaching crisis point as their own health problems soar and they struggle to get by on low incomes
by Susan Smith

Scottish carers are reaching breaking point, experiencing high levels of depression, poor incomes and declining health as a result of their caring roles.

New research from Carers Scotland has revealed a desperate need for more support for Scots who are looking after ill or disabled loved ones, many of whom have given up work to do so.

Half of Scottish unpaid carers surveyed as part of the charity’s UK State of Caring 2015 survey said they were struggling to get by on their income, nine in 10 are stressed and more than eight out of 10 say their caring role is negatively affecting their health.
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