Not only increase Carers Allowance by £20 per week, which is long overdue, but alter other aspects for below are the current conditions
The type of care you provide
You need to spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone. This can include:
helping with washing and cooking
taking the person you care for to a doctor’s appointment
helping with household tasks, like managing bills and shopping
If you or the person you care for are affected by coronavirus, you can still claim Carer’s Allowance if you provide care remotely. This includes giving emotional support over the phone or online.
All of the following must apply:
you’re 16 or over
you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
you’ve been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this does not apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces (you might still be eligible if you’re moving to or already living in an EEA country or Switzerland)
you’re not in full-time education
you’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more
you’re not subject to immigration control
your earnings are £128 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses
If your earnings are sometimes more than £128 a week you might still be eligible for Carer’s Allowance. Your average earnings may be calculated to work out if you’re eligible.
Calculating your earnings
Your earnings are any income from employment and self-employment after tax, National Insurance and expenses.
Expenses can include:
50% of your pension contributions
equipment you need to do your job, for example specialist clothing
travel costs between different workplaces that are not paid for by your employer, for example fuel or train fares
business costs if you’re self-employed, for example a computer you only use for work
If you pay a carer to look after the disabled person or your children while you work, you can treat care costs that are less than or equal to 50% of your earnings as an expense. The carer must not be your spouse, partner, parent, child or sibling.
You earn £100 a week (after tax, National Insurance and other expenses) and spend £60 a week on care while you work. You can treat £50 of this as an expense.
Payments that do not count as earnings include:
money received from an occupational or private pension
contributions towards your living or accommodation costs from someone you live with (they cannot be a tenant or boarder)
the first £20 a week and 50% of the rest of any income you make from someone boarding in your home
a loan or advance payment from your employer
If you get State Pension
You cannot get the full amount of both Carer’s Allowance and your State Pension at the same time.
If your pension is £67.25 a week or more, you will not get a Carer’s Allowance payment.
If your pension is less than £67.25 a week, you’ll get a Carer’s Allowance payment to make up the difference.
If you get Pension Credit
If your State Pension is more than £67.25 a week, you will not get a Carer’s Allowance payment but your Pension Credit payments will increase instead.
If you’ve deferred your State Pension, the income you would get from it is included when working out if you’re eligible for Carer’s Allowance.
So what needs changing
your earnings are £128 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses – should be changed so that the £128 is made equivalent to the National Living Wage
You cannot get the full amount of both Carer’s Allowance and your State Pension at the same time.
If your pension is £67.25 a week or more, you will not get a Carer’s Allowance payment. – this again should be matching the National Living Wage
This would mean the Carers Allowance would be a more substantial benefit available to many more carers.
Many organisations, including the Government relate to Carers Allowance as the means for survival, however, for this to be achieved the Allowance needs to be substantially increased.
Currently, Carers Allowance is £67.25 per week and to qualify 35 hours of care needs to be undertaken. So, assuming only 35 hours per week is worked, but it will, most likely, be more, then the hourly rate is £1.93. This could be the only income the family carer is receiving, surely a more reasonable rate for Carers Allowance should be based on the National Living Wage of £8.72, so, on 35 hours per week the Allowance should be £305.20. Then when you start to draw the State Pension the Carers Allowance will stop.
If a Family carer is able to do some paid when then they are not allowed to earn more than £128.00. So, family carers who are not able to work, they are being penalised by only getting the current £67.25. So, for then the £305.20 is more realistic.
Again people relying on Social Care and their families are being left behind financially.
This is when Family Carers save the UK well over £130 billion a year.
This is in addition to the way paid carers are treated by this Government.
This Government wants Social Care on the cheap and if this is not changed with more realistic Central Government funding to Local Authorities for Social Care, then social Care in any realistic form could well disappear before too long.
But this Government and many previous Government do not and have not cared, where is their Duty of Care. This does not start and finish with the NHS, for Social Care and health are and will for ever being interrelated.
My petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care covers much of the above and other related issues.
For further information see, https://www.dropbox.com/s/74ckd926thbrlo8/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%205.docx?dl=0
But will the Government listen and then take the required action, well from past experience I do doubt it, unless there is another, unexpected U-Turn.
Government under pressure to increase the value of Carer’s Allowance to help the UK’s army of 6.5 million unpaid carers.
Family members who provide care for loved ones with only Carers’ Allowance as financial support are claiming that the coronavirus has “overwhelmed” them but the government is igno…
DWP and their actions to benefit claimants is disgusting, if HMRC went as far as the DWP with multinational companies the UK may not have been in a, so called Financial Crisis.
It it that Government departments go for the easiest, that is those that can afford the least, while ignore those who have money to burn.
When will these Government departments practice equality.
Today the National Audit Office (NAO) released a report called Investigation into overpayments of Carers Allowance, many mainstream media have picked it up from the NAOs Press Release and reported on it too but I would like to go further and report how this has impacted on my wife or should that in fact be a family as although it was her carers allowance it has impacted on the family unit.
My wife who I and many others see as the good lady as that is exactly what she was then and remains so now took on the responsibility of caring for her mum in the mid 1990’s, this responsibility got greater as the years past due her mum’s main condition of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
We would never dream of putting her/our mum in a care home that thought never entered our minds she was family and thus our responsibility…
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A partially paralysed swine flu victim has lost her disability benefits despite spending 19 hours a day in bed.
Anna Yellop, 48, is in near constant pain and must take daily doses of morphine to cope with brain tissue scarring she suffered as a result of contracting the rare infection.
She has accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of “robbing her life”.
Her husband Andy, 47, has been told his carer’s allowance will also be stopped.
Anna said she “burst into tears” when she received a letter saying she does not qualify for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) following a face-to-face assessment.
She said: “When I read the letter, I burst into tears straight away. I felt as if someone had just come and totally robbed me of everything – it isn’t just your money, it’s your life.
“The assessor came into my home and robbed me of my life.”
While I agree that the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) is a shambles and the lengthy waiting period is too long 5 or 6 weeks is way too long and some are waiting even longer, why have they no welfare benefit income.
They have stated that they have Personal Independence Payment, which is not affected by UC, so they should still be receiving this.
Adam McLelland will also be entitled to Carers Allowance and while not much, being £64.60 per week, it is better than nothing.
If they are stating they do not have sufficient to live on, then that will be correct.
A family carer claims he’s been forced to survive on a can of tuna and sweetcorn a day after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) stopped his benefits, despite being the sole carer for his disabled parents.
John McDermott, 47, spends 18 hours a day providing unpaid care for his disabled father and mentally unwell mother, and was left feeling like a “nervous wreck” after the DWP stopped his Carers Allowance payments.
His father, Patrick, suffers from severe incontinence and dementia, while his mother, Katherine, has Schizophrenia. Both are 77 years-of-age and are entirely dependent on the unpaid care given by their son John.
Mr McDermott says he has been forced to survive on just £93 a week for a shocking 6 months, which is money provided via a direct care arrangement involving his sister.
A mother who spent years saving up her benefit payments to try and ‘enrich’ her disabled son’s life may be forced to pay the money back after she amassed £50,000.
Kayann Phillips, 55, is a carer for her 23-year-old son and instead of spending all the money she received in benefits decided to save as much as she could each month.
At one point she had more than £50,000 put away and she has now been convicted of benefit fraud after she failed to declare her savings and continued to get state handouts.
Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Jenkins said: ‘I find that this is an unusual case.’
In his sentencing remarks Judge Jenkins said: ‘Unusually you were not spending those benefits to the full extent but you were saving part of the money you received.
‘You were saving, I have no doubt, for a very noble purpose – to enrich your son’s life.’
The 55-year-old mother denied six counts of benefit fraud but was found guilty by a jury following a two-day trial at Newport Crown Court.
Nuhu Gobir, prosecuting, said the charges related to the period between August 2011 and September 2017.
The court heard Phillips was ‘absolutely entitled’ to claim the social security benefits and that her adult son has ‘considerable difficulties’ and she has been caring for him since he was born.
Until now, Theresa May’s government seems to have put an invisible ring-fence around dementia when it comes to social security, welfare and benefits cuts.
Probably because, in the main, sufferers of dementia tend to be pensioners – who also happen to be the most important demographic for the Conservative Party when it comes to support.
In fact, as opposed to other sufferers of illness or disability who have been decimated by Tory welfare cuts without a peep of sympathy, Tory MPs are extremely keen to show support for dementia sufferers.
So it’s a bit of a shock to see dementia sufferers are the latest sufferers of illness and disability to be targeted by Theresa May’s savage cuts to the welfare…
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