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Carer’s Allowance

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether her Department has made an estimate of the effect on the number of carers eligible for carer’s allowance of raising the current earnings threshold for eligibility to (a) £150, (b) £200 and (c) £250 per week. (283191)

Data limitations and lack of information regarding carers’ eligibility for carer’s allowance mean that we are unable to estimate accurately the effect on the number of eligible carers of extending the earnings limit.

We recognise the importance of supporting carers who want to combine work with caring. However, we also need to maintain a balance between the income of carers on benefits who can combine paid work with caring, and those who cannot.