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Invalid Care Allowance

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many beneficiaries there would be and what the cost would be of extending the carers premium to all those eligible for invalid care allowance but disqualified because of the overlapping benefit rule. [112670]

The carer premium in the income-related benefits can already be paid to people who have an established entitlement to carers allowance, previously known as invalid care allowance, but do not receive it as a result of the overlapping benefit rules.