Carers of ill or disabled family members are being forced to skip meals and sit in the dark due to soaring prices.
Government urged to increase care workers' pay to attract staff and ease strain on frontline NHS services.
Universal Credit conditionality is often at odds with the government's 'levelling up' aspirations, report says.
Government urged to lift the freeze on housing benefits so that they reflect actual housing costs.
Unpaid carers urged to contact their local authority to register before the new closing date.
First Minister said "many people across the UK cannot afford to wait until September for further action to be taken."