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Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether receipt of state pension affects the level of carer’s allowance granted to carers. (70321)

[holding answer 12 May 2006]: Yes, the payment of carer’s allowance is affected by receipt of state pension.

The payment of state pension takes precedence because it is a contributory benefit, either extinguishing the payment of carer’s allowance, or reducing it if the amount of carer’s allowance due is higher.

Although this will mean that carer’s allowance is not payable, or not payable in full, an underlying entitlement to carer’s allowance gives access to the carer premium in housing benefit and council tax benefit and to the carer’s additional amount in pension credit.