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Three quarters of Midlanders concerned about cost of caring for relatives

There are currently over one million carers in the Midlands

Three quarters of people in the Midlands are concerned about the costs of caring for parents or disabled relatives. That's according to a report out today by Carers UK.

There are currently over one million carers in the region, and this number is likely to grow as people are living longer.

  1. Andy Bevan

The struggle for millions to care for elderly relatives and children, full report

Millions of people are struggling to care for young children and elderly relatives at the same time - putting their own lives on hold and juggling tight finances.

That's what the charity Carers UK is claiming today on Carers Rights Day. Andy Bevan spent the morning with one woman who's part of a growing group known as 'sandwich carers'.

Carers UK is just one of the charities ITV's Text Santa is raising money for this Christmas. To find out more and which celebrities are getting involved see the ITV website.