The Carers National Association has claimed that many carers are living in poverty. One in five responding to a survey said they had to cut back on the number of hot meals they ate, while more than one in 10 were struggling to pay the mortgage. Six out of 10 carers live in households without any paid jobs. The association is calling for an increase in benefits and pensions and more work opportunities.

Caring on the Breadline .Carers National Association, 020 7566 7626.£10.