The new children's minister, Margaret Hodge, has been sent a giant letter calling for her to meet with young people who care for a disabled parent or relative. The 12-metre high letter was signed by more than 1,500 young people at the fourth annual Young Carer's Festival, which took place near Southampton at the end of June. The letter criticises the Government for not yet sending a minister to address the gathering. "We are asking for less talk, more action," the letter said. The Children's Society claimed many children, as young as five years old, provide more than 50 hours of unpaid care every week.

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