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House of Commons Hansard
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Carer’s Allowance
29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals (a) are in receipt of carer's allowance and (b) were in receipt of carer's allowance in each of the last five years. [323899]

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Carers make a valuable contribution to society by providing important support for relatives, partners and friends who may be ill, frail, disabled or have mental health or substance misuse problems.

Support for carers must be tailored to meet the individual's needs; enabling carers to maintain a balance between their caring responsibilities and a life outside caring, while enabling the person they support to be a full and equal citizen. The revised National Carers Strategy, published in June 2008, commits the Government to investing some £255 million to support carers in the short term.

The available information is in the table.

Number of people in receipt of carer's allowance in Great Britain in the last five years

As at August each year

Number

2005

445,430

2006

456,700

2007

468,060

2008

490,030

2009

520,350

Notes:

1. Caseload totals show the number of people in receipt of the allowance, and excludes people with underlying entitlement but who receive no actual payment.

2. Carers entitled to receive carer's allowance may not be paid it because they receive an overlapping benefit equal to or greater than their weekly rate of carer's allowance.

3. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study