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Carers’ Allowances

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in carer's allowance in each year since its introduction. (208715)

The available information is in the following table.

Invalid care allowance-carer's allowance expenditure

£ million, nominal terms

Outturn

1976-77

2

1977-78

3

1978-79

4

1979-80

4

1980-81

5

1981-82

6

1982-83

8

1983-84

10

1984-85

11

1985-86

13

1986-87

104

1987-88

184

1988-89

173

1989-90

184

1990-91

208

1991-92

285

1992-93

345

1993-94

442

1994-95

526

1995-96

617

1996-97

736

1997-98

746

1998-99

782

1999-2000

835

2000-01

867

2001-02

932

2002-03

993

2003-04

1,054

2004-05

1,096

2005-06

1,149

2006-07

1,181

2007-08 (estimated outturn)

1,262

Notes:

1. Invalid care allowance was introduced in 1976 but only for men and single women caring for a relative.

2. In 1986 invalid care allowance was extended to married women.

3. Name changed from invalid care allowance to carer's allowance in 2003.