Working grandparents 'suffering financially'

Over 50s with grandchildren who are still in work may be finding themselves struggling financially from dual burdens, according to a new report.

Research by charity Grandparents Plus has revealed that many grandparents who are still of working age are often forced to give up work or accept reduced hours in order to assist with childcare.

As a result, they can be left out of pocket and struggling to balance the pressures of work and care, which can often lead them and their families into financial hardship.

Responding to these figures, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has called on the government to provide more formal recognition and support for those living in these circumstances.

Paul Dornan, head of policy at CPAG, warned that in cases where "a practical decision must be made about who cares for children the whole family will end up poorer if a grandparent on a low income is not rewarded for childcare work."

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