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Carers UK: 'We need action now'

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Do people who care for sick or elderly friends and relatives get enough financial support from the state?

Carers UK is leading a group of nine major charities which are calling for the government to increase the allowance given to carers.

Emily Holzhausen, the charity's head of policy and public affairs, explains.

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