The number of recognisedÂ young carers in the UK has risen by more than 10,000 in four years, prompting concerns that they are taking up the slack from increasingly pressured adult social care services.
An analysis of the most recentÂ government figures byÂ The IndependentÂ shows that in MayÂ 2017Â there wereÂ 41,870Â 16-to-24-year-olds who qualified to receiveÂ the carerâ€™s allowance,Â compared withÂ 31,080 in 2013 â€“Â an increase of 35 per cent.
Those aged 16 and 17 saw an even bigger rise during the same period â€“Â up by 54 per cent from 1,400 to 2,150.
While campaigners welcomed the fact that more young carers are receiving financial support, they warned thatÂ cuts to care packages and pressures on adult social care services mean more teenagers andÂ young people are having to sacrifice work and study to care for relatives.
Ms Bennett alsoÂ raised concerns that the Care Act 2014, which placed a duty on local authorities to consider the needs of children and young people living in households where there is an adult who has a disability or impairment, was not being properly implemented because of a lack of financial resources available.
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