Carer’s Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the carer's allowance; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The primary purpose of Carer’s Allowance is to provide a measure of financial support for people who give up the opportunity of full-time employment in order to provide regular and substantial care for a severely disabled person. It is not, and was never intended to be, a carer’s wage or a payment for the services of caring. It is also not intended to replace lost or forgone earnings in their entirety.

In addition to Carer’s Allowance, carers on low incomes can claim income-related benefits, such as Income Support and Pension Credit. These benefits can be paid to carers at a higher rate of up to an additional £34.20 a week.

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Clive Arnold
Posted on 11 Sep 2014 11:33 am (Report this annotation)

We carers do not "give up the opportunity of full-time employment" we are forced into doing so.

Harper has stated in the past that he thinks most disabled people are conning benefit, placing him in his present position is a disgrace as he seems intent on attacking carers now.