Injured Soldiers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 29th November 2006.

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Photo of John Prescott John Prescott Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 11:30 am, 29th November 2006

This Government can claim to be concerned about giving carers a fair deal, as we were the first to introduce a payment for them. The minimum wage has played an important part, but my hon. Friend refers to the difficulties experienced by people on the margins. I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions will take note of what he has said and that the matter will be discussed further.

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Graeme Lyall
Posted on 1 Dec 2006 3:49 pm (Report this annotation)

It does not appear that Mr Prescott is responding to David Clelland's very fair question. Carers are subject to a very strange earnings rule which cuts off their Carers Allowance all at once. This surely must be changed. A carer who is offered a few hours extra work, or receives a pay rise, can suddenly lose all of their allowance. It simply isn't fair or reasonable.

Gateshead Carers Association supports Mr Clelland's petition on this subject, and urges everyone to do the same.

Clive Arnold
Posted on 1 Dec 2006 11:27 pm

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