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Carers

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 1:11 pm on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright Opposition Whip (Commons) 1:11 pm, 11th June 2009

I am grateful to the right hon. Lady for giving way again. She said that carer's allowance was regarded from its inception as some sort of expression of the gratitude of the nation to carers. Is not part of the problem the cliff edge that emerges at retirement for carers who reach retirement age and are no longer entitled to carer's allowance? It is now regarded as an income replacement measure, so people who retire are not allowed to continue to receive carer's allowance, and that causes difficulty in trying to replace it with something else, which carers may not be as confident about claiming. Does she have any reflections on that subject?

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