In response to Age UK's report about the potential collapse of care for older people, Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

"It's important not to forget the growing number of older carers who are the backbone of the social care system.

"It's vital that the unique needs of this ever-increasing group are met. Unpaid carers are entitled to support in their own right.

"Unpaid carers tell us that too often they go without this support, leaving them spending time organising care and support, affecting their own health and wellbeing, and leaving them no break from their caring role.

"The effects of social care being withdrawn from older people leaves older carers isolated, overwhelmed, and potentially needing more health and social care services themselves – the very thing the system is desperately trying to avoid."