Carers' Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 28th October 2009.

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Photo of Mark Lazarowicz Mark Lazarowicz Labour, Edinburgh North and Leith

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government plan to initiate the review of carers' benefits outlined in her Department's carers' strategy.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Minister of State (Disabled People), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People), Department for Work and Pensions

The Government acknowledged in the revised National Carer's Strategy, published in June 2008, that the current system of carers' benefits is not flexible enough to adapt to the wide variety of circumstances, responsibilities and needs that carers face.

This is a 10 year strategy with a long-term commitment to review the structure of benefits available to carers in the context of wider reform.

Reviewing carers' benefits is a complex subject that requires careful consideration which cannot be conducted in isolation if we are to ensure that any changes are properly thought through, sound and lasting. We are continuing to develop our thinking on longer term benefit reform within the context of our plans for simplifying the benefit system as a whole taking account of the review of the care and support system which is currently underway.

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