Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that from October 1st carers willbe able to earn more money without losing their benefits.
From 1 October 2007, the maximum amount of money that carers in Great Britain will be allowed to earn without losing their entitlement to Carer’s Allowance (CA) will rise from £87 to £95 a week, after expenses such as income tax and national insurance contributions have been taken into account.
Carer’s Allowance is designed to provide a measure of help for someone who forgoes the opportunity of full-time work to provide at least 35 hours of care a week for a severely disabled person who receives Attendance Allowance, an equivalent rate of the Disability Living Allowance care component, or a specified minimum level of Constant Attendance Allowance with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or a War Pension.
Income-related benefits like Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, along with Pension Credit for people aged 60 or over, provide additional help for lower-income households and are payable at a higher rate where someone is entitled to Carer’s Allowance.
The increase in the earnings limit is an interim measure ahead of the government’s forthcoming review of the National Carers Strategy. The strategy will look at how CA could be reformed to meet today’s needs more effectively.
Carers who employ someone to look after a disabled person or a child aged under 16 while they are at work will continue to be entitled to the allowance while earning significantly more than the normal limit.
David Hanson said:
“This is good news for the carers in Delyn that play a vital role in our community, helping to support their love ones.
“This latest increase will mean some people will be able to claim carers allowance for the first time and more local carers will be able to keep their allowance if they earn more money. Together with next April’s normal increase in Carer’s Allowance, carers should be able to receive more than £7,500 a year combined.
“I am pleased the Government is reviewing its National Carers Strategy, as it vital that we get our approach right in order to address the needs of carers.”