ALMOST two million people caring for a sick or elderly loved one have not had a day off in five years, a worrying new report has found.
And four in 10 have not had a break in more than a year, Carers UK’s annual report showed.
Experts warned that people were at “breaking point” due to the lack of support they receive with many also hit by a cut in the social care offered to their families.
Helena Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, said: “More and more of us are stepping in to provide care and support to loved ones and doing so for more hours every week.
“Without access to breaks, carers can quickly reach breaking point, unable to look after their own health, nurture relationships with friends and family or have the time they need to themselves.
“Our research shows that carers are struggling to get a break because appropriate support for their loved ones isn’t available or services they rely on are being cut or charged for.”
She called for increased funding for carers’ breaks.