Commenting on research revealing that grandparents save parents more than £33 billion a year through providing childcare, Andrew Harrop, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Age UK, said:
'As increasing numbers of grandparents provide care for grandchildren, it’s important that we recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution they make to society.
'We know that grandparents often enjoy having an active role in the upbringing of their grandchildren, however this must not be taken for granted. The high cost of childcare in many areas can mean that for many families, support provided by grandparents is a financial necessity, without which they would not be able to continue working.
'In these tough economic times, many families will need grandparents to help out more than ever, but both sides must make sure that they are happy with any arrangements to avoid possible disagreements or tension.'
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