Carer’s Allowance, the main benefit for people caring unpaid for family or friends, remains the lowest benefit of its kind at £67.25 per week (2020/21 rates). The low level of the payment and other entitlement conditions, including an earnings limit, means it continues to be ineffective in stopping financial hardship.
On April 12th, Carer’s Allowance is set to rise by just 35p a week, in line with inflation, taking the new rate to £67.60 a week – a maximum of 1p extra for each hour of care provided. This is simply not good enough. The Government urgently needs to give back to carers; without this help, many will continue to face real financial hardship.
Please join us in calling for Carer’s Allowance to be made #FairerForCarers! You can help raise awareness of the financial hardship carers face by writing to your MP using this template provided by Carers UK.