This report provides a picture of the employment status of grandparents and other relatives raising children (kinship carers) before and after taking on children, and explores the link between dropping out of the labour market and being a kinship carer. Almost half (47%) of grandparents and other family (kinship) carers who were previously working gave up their jobs to care for children, many of whom have emotional difficulties and would be in local authority care had their relative not stepped in. An estimated 60,000 grandparents have dropped out of the labour market to bring up their grandchildren only to face a lack of recognition and support from Government. The carers often have to rely on benefits as most do not receive any allowances from their local authority. Download the full report.
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