Today Age UK released new figures highlighting ‘Britain’s invisible army of carers’.

“The new figures released today put a spotlight on the important role older people play in society by providing informal care for partners and other relatives. But let’s not forget that there is another hidden army of carers – kinship carers” said Lucy Peake, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus.

“There are 200,000 grandparent and other kinship carers in the UK raising children without financial or practical support. They too, are saving the state money by stepping in and raising children who would otherwise be put into the care system. We need to ensure that this group of carers are not forgotten and also receive better recognition from the government.”