Carers save the UK "more than the NHS budget" by looking after a sick relative or friend for free and deserve some sort of Government recognition, Nick Clegg has said.
The Liberal Democrats are promising a "no strings attached bonus" of £250 every year to carers if they get into power at the next election.
– Nick Clegg
It is estimated that six in ten of us will at some point in our lives find ourselves caring for someone else - an elderly relative, a sick child, a friend who needs our support.
Obviously this makes a massive difference to the people being cared for - but Carers UK calculated that it saves us a whopping £119 billion every year - more than the entire NHS budget.
These are people who deserve our support even in these straitened times, which is why the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a Carer's Bonus to give them a little extra help.