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One in 10 people in the UK provide unpaid care to family members, friends, neighbours or others, the figures show.

The statistics show that a fifth of those who provide unpaid care for others do so more 50 or more hours a week.

THE KEY FACTS
First figures for unpaid carers
10% say health ‘not good'
Worst health in former coalfields
English appear healthiest

Just over two thirds of the population said their general health was good, with just over one in five revealing their health was "fairly good" and almost one in 10 describing their health as "not good".

Nearly one in five people in the UK have a long-term illness, health problem or disability which limits their daily activities or the work they can do.

Of the four countries in the UK, Wales has the highest proportion of people who reported their health was "not good" - 12.4% - and all local authorities in Wales have above average rates for this category.

Wales also has the largest number of people with limiting long-term illnesses - 23.3% - and the highest proportion of unpaid carers - 11.7%.

England is the healthiest, with only 9% of people describing their health as "not good", and 17.9% reporting a limiting long-term illness.

Caring for others
% WITH LIMITING LONG-TERM ILLNESS
England 17.9%
Scotland 23.3%
Wales 20.3%
N Ireland 20.4%
% PROVIDING UNPAID CARE
England 9.9%
Scotland 9.5%
Wales 11.7%
N Ireland 11%

Source: Census 2001

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