To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of benefits provided to carers working more than 35 hours per week who receive (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) the carer's allowance; what the basis is for the differences in the amounts paid via the different channels; and if he will make a statement.
These benefits are designed to help carers in very different circumstances. Income support and the income-based element of jobseekers allowance, both of which include extra help for carers, are intended to ensure that people of working age and their families can meet all their normal daily living needs when they are out of work. Carer's allowance provides a measure of income-maintenance to those carers who provide at least 35 hours of care each week for a severely disabled person, but who are not entitled to additional means-tested support from the benefit system.
We have introduced improvements for carers in all these benefits, in addition to the normal annual uprating. We also review the adequacy of these benefits at regular intervals.