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Carer's Allowance: Uprating

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 32372, tabled on 23 March 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will raise the threshold for carer's allowance to take into account increases in the national minimum wage.

Answered on

11 April 2016

The earnings limit for Carer’s Allowance which is not linked to the number of hours worked is currently £110 per week (net of certain expenses). It was increased to £110 in April 2015 – an increase of nearly 8%, which far outstripped the growth in earnings.

The Government keeps the earnings limit under review and keeps under consideration whether an increase in the threshold is warranted and affordable.