Social Security Benefits: Carers

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th November 2008.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost implications of moving carers currently in receipt of income support on to a modified form of jobseeker's allowance; what other impact assessment of the change he has made; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People; Minister for the South East), Department for Work and Pensions

holding answer 20 October 2008

We have no specific costs that can be directly attributed to moving income support carers to a modified jobseeker's allowance as they constitute a minority of the income support caseload that would be moved. As such, the work we have done to cost a move to a modified jobseeker's allowance has been on the basis of moving the entire caseload. However, there would be no change in the amount of benefit paid to carers on income support nor would there be any additional one-off implementation costs associated with this specific group. There would also be no increased requirements placed upon carers.

The impact assessment produced alongside the Green Paper provided some high-level information about the proposal to move income support cases on to jobseeker's allowance in so far as it applied to lone parents. Further details will be provided once the policy has been reviewed in the light of responses to the consultation.

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Ian Sandeman
Posted on 13 Nov 2008 5:36 pm (Report this annotation)

Carers on Carers Allowance already do 35 hours per week Caring, so how can they be "seeking jobs"?

Why call Carers Jobseekers when they are Carers? If they cease to be Carers then they can claim Jobseekers, I would have thought that obvious, even to a minister.

The "one size fits all" approach for benefits will never work, if it ain't broke don't fix it!

Rob Kay
Posted on 9 Dec 2008 8:38 pm (Report this annotation)

Nothing is obvious.
I do 35+ hours caring, but I also work p/t. Some caring duties are fairly light supervision, some are heavy end. My caree is at school all day, so I am a carer AND a worker/jobseeker.

I agree with Ian: The "one size fits all" approach for benefits will never work - but it sure is broke and needs fixing!