This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition Bring Carer's Allowance rules in line with other working-age benefits
Carer's Allowance is payable at £62.10 per week, whereas Job Seekers Allowance is up to £73.10. Moreover, the eligibility threshold requires at least 35 hours of care provided. In contrast Working Tax Credit thresholds are 30 hours, and 16 hours for certain categories.
Carer's Allowance recipients have a higher hour threshold than workers, for a lower rate of benefit than Job Seekers. The rate of Carer's Allowance undermines the value of the work undertaken (estimated at £119bn per year - Carers UK and the University of Leeds (2011) Valuing Carers 2011: Calculating the value of carers’), and the additional expenses that caring can incur - (Carers UK (2014) Facts about Carers).
CA should be £73.10 for 30 hours, and a lower rate introduced for 16 hours care.
This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months