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Carers Allowance

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what entitlement people receiving state pensions have to carers' allowance; and if he will make a statement. (93564)

[holding answer 16 October 2006]: People receiving a state pension are entitled to carer's allowance if they satisfy the usual conditions of entitlement. However, since both benefits serve the same purpose of providing a measure of income replacement, they cannot both be paid in full. In practice, the state pension takes precedence as the contributory benefit and is paid in full while only the balance of any carer's allowance is paid if it exceeds the state pension.

Although this often means that carer's allowance is not paid at all, since 2002 the underlying entitlement to the benefit gives access to the carer's additional amount of £26.35 a week in pension credit and to the carer premium of the same amount in income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit.