Friday 22 November 2019

Carers need to pay special attention to Census question

Alison McKim with carers' manifesto
Alison McKim with carers' manifesto

Question 22 on Census 2011 asks carers to state the number of hours they spend per week caring for disabled or elderly family members, friends or neighbours.

It is important that all carers who work for one hour per week or more answer this question.

This Government has committed to developing a National Carers' Strategy, the quality of which will depend, in part, on Question 22.

Please do not put "24/7" as your answer as it will not be interpreted by the census since there are 168 hours in a week.

If you are a family carer and you are confused about how you should answer Question 22, please visit

Áine Uí Ghiollagáin
Secretary General Cúram,
Co Galway

Irish Independent

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