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A grandfather looking after a young grandsonBeing a grandparent is meant to be a time when you can enjoy watching another generation grow, without the responsibilities of parenthood.

But for some, instead of a leisurely retirement, they opt to step in to raise a grandchild.

Social Issues reporter, Teresa Cowie looks at the burden this can impose and asks whether the Government is getting a cheap deal out of these kin carers.