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Elderly: Carers

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial support is made available to persons over the age of 65 acting as full-time carers. (191878)

I have been asked to reply.

Since October 2002, carers aged 65 or over have been able to claim carer’s allowance.

A carer who receives state pension at a lower rate than carer’s allowance can receive an amount of carer’s allowance to make up the difference. Carers who are entitled to a rate of state pension equivalent to or more than the rate of carer’s allowance cannot receive both benefits. However, entitlement to carer’s allowance also attracts the additional amount for carers in pension credit, currently £27.15 per week, for those eligible. More than 220,000 carers in lower-income households are gaining from this measure.