The benefits system for Britain’s six million unpaid carers is coming under attack and the Government need to do more to provide additional financial help, according to a group of MPs.

The Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee estimate that those who care for relatives and friends save the taxpayer approximately £87 billion each year.

In the latest report, entitield Valuing and Supporting Carers, there are recommendations for an income replacement scheme for full and part time carers who cannot work due to their caring commitments, so they can avoid getting into debt. It also outlines that there should be compensation for the extra costs incurred from providing “intensive” caring roles.

Labour MP Terry Rooney, who chairs the committee, said: “Caring matters deeply to individuals, families and society in general. Sustaining the ability of carers to provide the care and support they give to others is of critical importance.”