Carers and others can add their voice to the Carers UK Fairer for Carers Campaign calling for the UK Governent to raise Carer's Allowance in line with Jobseeker's Allowance like Scotland has done.
People can support the campaign by adding their details to support in calling for an increase in the allowance. You can join in or read more at Fairer for Carers Campaign
Carers UK explained that Carer’s Allowance is the lowest benefit of its kind at £64.60 per week. It is the main benefit for people caring unpaid for family or friends.
A Carers UK spokesperson said: “Inadequate financial support through the low level Carer’s Allowance and the freeze on many working age benefits mean many people caring round the clock face financial hardship and poverty. Carers UK want to see an increase in Carer’s Allowance and the Carer’s Premium in the rest of the UK, rising annually.”
The increase for carers in Scotland – the Carer’s Allowance Supplement – is being paid because Scottish Parliament is getting more control over setting and paying welfare and it wants to recognise the contribution of unpaid carers. Carers will receive two payments – the first a supplement of £221 from mid-September 2018.
Carer’s Allowance is paid to people over 16 that spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone and earn no more than £120 a week after tax and expenses. Other criteria applies and if you receive a State Pension you are unlikely to qualify for Carer’s Allowance due to your income, but you should still claim as you may be awarded something else instead such as Pension Credits.
To learn more about the Carer’s Allowance and to apply please visit http://www.gov.uk/carers-allowanceor call 0800 731 0297.