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Grandparent carers ‘running up debts’

Image caption Maureen Seed’s grandson Louis is now 21 and at university

Grandparents are running up big debts raising children whose parents cannot look after them, surveys have found.

Nearly 200,000 children in the UK are being raised by a family member other than their parents and findings show the burden often falls on grandparents.

Maureen Seed, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, looked after two of her grandchildren for 16 years because of her daughter’s drug problems.

She amassed about PS20, 000 of charge card debt and is facing bankruptcy.

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