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Carer’s Allowance

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people in receipt of carer's allowance who are over retirement age; (255725)

(2) how many people were (a) eligible to receive and (b) in receipt of carer's allowance in the last year for which figures are available.

The available information is in the following table.

Carers allowance caseloads: May 2008


Pension age

Cases in payment







1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Pension age means women aged 60 and over, and men aged 65 and over.

3. “Cases in payment” shows the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and excludes people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended.

4. “Entitlements” shows the number of people who, following an application for carer's allowance, were assessed as eligible. This figure includes those who receive no actual payment as well as those who are actually receiving benefit.

5. These figures are published on the DWP website at:


DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study