Up to 60 per cent of people in Britain will end up caring for someone who is chronically sick, according to a report.Carers UK is urging a radical rethink in government policy to provide support for the extra 3.4 million carers it claims will be needed by 2037.The report says changes are needed to the benefit system to end the poverty faced by carers as well as a wider recognition of their work, which saves the state£34bn a year.

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