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Carers: Energy

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 134043, tabled on 3 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to support unpaid carers with rises in energy costs.

Answered on

22 March 2022

The Government remains committed to tackling fuel poverty and continues to provide additional support to low-income, fuel poor and vulnerable households, including unpaid carers if eligible, through established schemes such as the Warm Home Discount, Cold Weather Payment and Winter Fuel Payment.

Local authorities are also required to undertake a Carer’s Assessment for any carer who appears to have a need for support. This assessment can record the impact caring has on a carer and will review their needs, including whether they are willing or able to continue caring. If a carer is assessed as having needs which are eligible for support, the local authority has a legal duty to meet these needs on request from the carer and devise a support plan with the carer setting out how these needs will be met.