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Carer’s Allowance: Blackpool

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 27 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (a) receive and (b) are entitled to carers’ benefits. (143978)

The available information is in the following table.

Number of people in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood parliamentary constituency in receipt of and entitled to carers’ benefits—November 2006

In receipt

Entitled

Carer’s allowance (CA)

970

2,000

Income support with a carer premium

480

480

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Recipients of IS carer’s premium may also be entitled to or receiving CA.

3. CA recipient totals show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and excludes people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended.

4. CA entitled totals show the number of people who are entitled to receive CA, including those who receive no actual payment.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent. WPLS

The vast majority of these entitled to but not receiving CA are pensioners and are likely to be receiving state pension and may receive the carers’ premium in pension credit. Only one benefit at a time can be paid for the same purpose. While the circumstances that give rise to entitlement to CA and the state pension are different, both benefits are designed to provide a degree of replacement for lost or forgone income.