The Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested that tax breaks may be offered to families struggling to look after older relatives.
She said adult children acting as social carers for sick or disabled parents could be given rebates to ease the financial burden.
Experts claimed they would be similar to childcare vouchers.
Under current rules, childcare vouchers can be claimed by exchanging £243 of their salary each month – before paying tax – for care.
Ms May said: “There is a lot of pressure on social care, I’ve said it’s to be dealt with in short-term measures, which is the £2 billion extra we’ve put into social care in the budget. The medium term we need best practice across the whole country, and longer term we need a sustainable system of social care.
“This is one of the long-term issues for this country that we need to address.”
The Prime Minister also promised that the state pension would continue to increase year-on-year.
Commenting on the move, former pensions minister, Ros Altmann, said: “Anything we can do to help people in work have a better chance of making sure their loved ones will be looked after will be good for society and good for them.
“It’s a natural extension of how we have helped working mothers with children go back to work with childcare vouchers. It’s the same principle.”