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Carer’s Allowance

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the earnings threshold is for those claiming carer's allowance; and if he will consider raising the threshold. (213015)

The Carer's Allowance earnings limit was increased to £95 a week in October 2007 as a special measure to improve support for carers. The Government's 10 year strategy for carers published on 10 June 2008 “Carers at the heart of 21st century families and communities” committed to looking at the current structure of benefits for carers, and stated

“Within the context of wider welfare reform and the fundamental review of the care and support system, we must create a system of carers' benefits that is able to provide support where it is most needed and that can adapt to the wide range of needs that carers have.”