Des says, “As a parent of a 20-year old daughter with many ‘issues’ affecting her working ability, the state expects me and my wife to support her, but we are approaching retirement. During a recent spell of unemployment, our 24-year old son refused to sign on Jobseeker’s because he had seen the effect on our daughter and the way job centre staff treat people. As a result, he spent all his £3K savings and became reliant on our support. I worry about my own retirement plans and the inability to downsize and move, because we are having to provide a roof for our adult children.”