Grandparents are passing up huge indebtedness raising children whose mothers cannot look after them, examines have found.
Nearly 200,000 children in the UK are being raised by a family member other than both parents and discovers demonstrate additional burdens often falls on grandparents.
Maureen Seed, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, appeared after two of her grandchildren for 16 times because of her daughter’s medicine problems.
She amassed about PS20, 000 of debit card debt and is facing bankruptcy.
Two kindness carried out investigations of people who be looking out for grandchildren, or the children of other family members or friends. They suggest Ms Seed’s case is not unusual.
One felt more than a third of carers utilized a charge card to buy food, while a similar number missed compensating a legislation.
There is no statutory entitlement for kinship carers and kindnes Grandparents Plus craves their own nationals minimum allowance introduced to cover the costs of heightening a child.
Cheryl Ward, from charity Family Fund, lent: “There’s a long-standing problem with support for grandparent carers – they’re not recognised financially, as someone with special guardianship is.”
The Department for Education said it recognised “the crucial role that grandparents play” but local authorities were responsible for advice and support.
‘Nan saved my life’
Ms Seed, 74, took on care for her grandson and granddaughter when they were aged five and two.
She had given up work to look after her husband, who suffered a heart attack and stroke and eventually went into a attention residence, and money was scarce.
She spent on credit card so the children could go on school trips and holidays, and is currently going through insolvency to clear her PS20, 000 indebtednes.
Eventually Ms Seed got lineage part and child levy credits, and fought for residency remittance of the human rights council, at PS40 per child, per week.
Her grandson Louis , now 21, is at university and her granddaughter, 18, at college.
Louis said: “I feel like my nan saved my life. My life could have been very, very different.
“I remember some of the houses I was in with my mum – scruffy houses, around strangers all the time. We had to be get out of there really.”
Ms Seed said: “I required them out of that, I didn’t want them to live that life. I wanted them to have a stable, happy childhood, to have the things other children have.”
‘I didn’t have any money’
Jayne Taylor, 60, from Leeds, was contacted by social services in May 2014 about looking after her granddaughters , now 14 and 17.
Both suffer from epilepsy and other behavioural issues.
Ms Taylor has resorted to nutrient banks at least four times because she was desperate for help.
“I didn’t have any money, ” she said.
“I had to make sure they had clothes, even uniform is so expensive. Even if you had savings you would go into it and that’s hard when you’ve been working all your life.”
Ms Taylor said she went to parenting world-class but bringing up children now was “very different” compared with when she was a father.
About Kinship carers
Grandparents Plus surveyed 4,000 “kinship carers”. Family Fund, which provides grants for families on low incomes elevating disabled or seriously-ill children, surveyed primary carers it supported financially who described themselves as a grandparent and/ or were 60 or over.
The Grandparents Plus survey, based on 671 answers, suggests the most common reason children are in kinship attention is due to parental medicine or alcohol abuse( 55% ).
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45% of respondents discontinue work to become carers
43% said they do not given sufficient income for their grandchildren’s requirement
The norm income for a kinship household is PS17, 316 – well below “the member states national” median( PS27, 200)
19% of carers said they relied on pension rights as their main source of income