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Carers: Pensions

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the financial impact on carers over the age of 60 of the rule which precludes the payment of carer’s allowance for individuals with caring obligations but in receipt of a pension; and if she will make a statement. (124209)

[holding answer 1 March 2007]: There have been no discussions with the Department for Work and Pensions on this particular matter, but on 21 March the Department launched plans for the revision of the 1999 Strategy for Carers which will be a pan-Government framework which takes account of the full needs of carers and brings together the responsibilities of the numerous agencies that impact on their lives.