Carers UK are highlighting the plight of a generation of so called 'sandwich carers' - people who are not only caring for their own children but also elderly parents or a disabled relative.
Bristol City Council has announced plans to close seven of its residential care homes, and seven day centres under a radical shake-up of social care.
The authority says it is responding to a change in demand among the most vulnerable and will be closing old buildings which are under-used. The closures would save nearly four million pounds and put around 150 jobs at risk.
Two former staff alleged to have abused mental health patients at a hospital in South Gloucestershire will face trial later this year.
Michael Ezenagu and Charlotte Cotterell deny ill-treating patients at Winterbourne View in Hambrook. Nine other staff members have admitted similar charges.