Carer's Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st June 2010.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) whether he plans to amend the earnings limit which applies to carer's allowance;

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of benefits available to carers; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Government recognise that the UK's 6 million carers play an indispensable role in looking after friends or family members who need support. It also acknowledges the important role that both cash benefits and employment assistance play, especially in enabling many carers to combine care giving with paid employment.

The earnings limit for Carer's Allowance was raised in April from £95 to £100 and is net of certain taxes and expenses, including the costs of paying for care.

We have set out our commitment to simplify the benefit system in order to improve work incentives and encourage responsibility and fairness. We will consider carefully the needs of carers as we develop our thinking on welfare reform.

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