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TOPIC: DWP urged to follow Scotland’s example and increase carers’ benefits

DWP urged to follow Scotland’s example and increase carers’ benefits 10 Jan 2019 14:59 #12761

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Charity slams Carers Allowance "postcode lottery".

Leading carers’ charity Carers UK has this morning (Thursday, 10th January) hand-delivered a letter signed by more than 8,200 people to the Work and Pensions Secretary, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, calling for fairer financial support for unpaid carers across the UK.

Unpaid carers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receiving Carer’s Allowance – the main benefit for people caring more than 35 hours a week for family or friends – receive just £64.60 per week to support their living costs, the lowest benefit of its kind.

In Scotland, however, Carer’s Allowance has been increased to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance, up by £8.50 per week, bringing the total to £73.10 a week.

The change means that carers living in the UK are receiving different levels of financial support depending on where they live – with their finances tied to a postcode lottery.

It means more than 750,000 unpaid carers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are £442 a year worse off compared with carers in Scotland.

Carers UK has been campaigning for better financial support for unpaid carers through its Fairer for Carers campaign.

welfareweekly.com/dwp-urged-to-follow-scotlands-example-and-increase-carers-benefits/
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DWP urged to follow Scotland’s example and increase carers’ benefits 10 Jan 2019 15:30 #12764

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Agree. This should be paid the same nationwide. I applaud the Scottish government for making this change but at the same time, frustrated that because Scotland is still not Independent, our other welfare is solely linked to Westminster. Don`t know if we will ever see that changing.

Quote: the main benefit for people caring more than 35 hours a week for family or friends – receive just £64.60 per week to support their living costs, the lowest benefit of its kind.

And when you consider what care homes charge people on a weekly or monthly basis this `allowance` is pitiful in comparison.
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