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Carers

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers for dependants other than children have been working less than 30 hours a week in each year since 1997. (92682)

It is not possible to provide data for all the years requested. In 2004-05, 53 per cent. of carers looking after an adult were in employment. Of those in employment, 35 per cent. were working less than 30 hours per week.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of carer’s allowance in each of the last three years. (94381)

The requested information is in the following table.

Carer’s allowance—number of recipients at 28 February in each of the years from 2004 to 2006

Number of people receiving carer’s allowance1

2004

412,120

2005

436,940

2006

452,540

1 Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 Source: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in receipt of carer’s allowance work part-time; (94382)

(2) how many people in receipt of carer’s allowance and working part-time are receiving the minimum wage;

(3) how many people he estimates will no longer be entitled to carer’s allowance following the most recent increase in the minimum wage.