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Carer Benefits

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to improve the level of benefits for carers. (156115)

We fully recognise the valuable contribution made by all carers. From this month, we have further raised the carer’s allowance weekly earnings limit from £87 to £95, allowing carers to earn more before their benefit is affected.

The Government are working with carer’s organisations and others to review our National Carers Strategy. In this review we are examining carer’s benefits in depth. We plan to publish the review’s conclusions in March 2008.