St Albans' 2021 Census figures have revealed that more than 200 children are working as unpaid carers.

The Office of National Statistics released the data, highlighting unpaid care by age, sex and deprivation in England.

225 children in St Albans are working 19 hours or less as an unpaid worker between the ages of five and 17 (0.8 per cent), while 215 young adults aged of 18 and 24 (2.6 per cent) work 19 hours or less.

Between the ages of 60 and 64 (11.5 per cent), 915 workers work 19 hours or less, while 495 older people between 65 and 69 (7.7 per cent) work 19 hours or less in St Albans.

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The number of unpaid carers working more than 20 hours has seen a significant increase in the past few years.

Of people working 50 hours or more, 25 males (0.2 per cent) and 10 females (0.1 per cent) between the ages of five and 17 were unpaid carers, while 95 men (5.9 per cent) and 105 women (5.1 per cent) between the ages of 80 and 84 were a higher proportion of unpaid workers at a retiree age.

For ages 90 and above, 40 people (2.7 per cent) are unpaid carers for 50 plus hours.


In 2011 there were 350 unpaid carers between the ages of five and 17 (1.5 per cent) that worked 19 hours or less, and between the ages of 70 and 74 (10.2 per cent), there were 510 workers. 

In 2011's census, there were 10 males (0.1 per cent) and 10 females (0.1 per cent) that worked 50 hours or more. 

In contrast, between the ages of 75 and 79, 105 males (5.4 per cent) and 115 females (5.1 per cent) worked 50 hours or more 12 years ago in 2011. 


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The census was completed by over 24 million households throughout England and Wales on March 21, 2021. 

It takes place across the UK every 10 years and offers the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in the country. 

All percentages for unpaid care have been age-standardised to account for differences in population size and age structure.