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Carers Allowances

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse would be of not offsetting carer's allowance against (a) the basic state pension and (b) other benefits. (195309)

After adjusting for offsets in income-related benefits and pension credit, the estimated cost of exempting all pensioners with entitlement to carer's allowance from the overlapping benefits rule would be around £310 million.

This estimate does not take account of carers presently not claiming carer's allowance who might be encouraged to do so by a change in the rules.

The estimated cost of exempting all those of working age with entitlement to carer's allowance from the overlapping benefits rule after adjusting for offsets in income-related benefits would be around £90 million.