Welfare Reform Bill — Report (5th Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:00 pm on 23rd January 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour 9:00 pm, 23rd January 2012

I will speak briefly in support of Amendment 60A. The noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, has probably not had a chance to see the latest impact assessment, which hit our e-mail accounts only a few hours before this debate. There is now a section in it about carers and I would like to add to what she said. The assessment said that 5,000 carers are expected to be affected by the cap. It is a small number but it is 5,000 too many, in my view. The mean reduction in benefit as a result of the cap is £87 a week; the median is £65 a week. That is a lot of money for carers to lose. Can the Minister tell us what behavioural change the Government are looking for among carers?