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A Granada Reports investigation has found that thousands of elderly people in the region are saving the Government billions of pounds by caring for relatives for free at cost to their own health.

1 in 10 people over 85 provide unpaid care for a relative - their carer's allowance is stopped when they reach pension age.

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Prime Minister urged to 'show compassion' for carers.

Bill Esterson, MP Sefton Central Credit: PA

An Aintree carer has appealed directly to Prime Minister David Cameron to "show some compassion" after Tory-Lib Dem cuts led to carers' respite in Sefton being slashed in half.

Ann Wright and her husband Frank look after Ann's mum Betty at their home in Aintree Village.

Betty is 85 and has suffered from dementia for seven years.

Ann was recently told that she needed to be reassessed for eligibility for carers' respite. She previously received four weeks' respite. But following reassessment, she was told she was now only eligible to two weeks.

Mrs Wright said said the cut was "heartless".

She said: "The reason I was told the respite was being cut was because they said lots of people weren't using their full entitlement. but my family was. We need this."

MP For Sefton Central Bill Esterson said

"Carers save the tax payer billions of pounds each year. Losing this support will force many to have to consider the alternative. That alternative is putting their loved ones into care. That would cost a lot more."

"This is what I will be telling David Cameron in Parliament. The massive cuts that the government has made mean that families like Ann, Frank and Betty potentially face great hardship and that is just not acceptable."