Parent Carers Uk

When are carers going to be taken seriously and actually paid appropriately for what we do? Carers Allowance is one of the harshest "benefits" out there meaning you lose 100% of it if

you earn just £1 over the threshold. At the same time you can only be a carer for one person even if you care for many...the rest is just out of the goodness of our hearts*!

This CA rise means many of us have to drop hours to stay within the threshold. I'm lucky that I can but not everyone has such flexibility in their working hours. It's a joke and it's just another way to get stuck in the benefit system loop.

*Caring is not the same as parenting...if confused please ask!

"With the National Living Wage rate currently at £8.91 per hour, a carer can work for 14.36 hours per week and still retain Carer’s Allowance. Carers UK says that although this £4 rise in the earnings limit is important, with the new National Living Wage rate at £9.50 per hour, carers working hours would have to fall below 14 hours – to 13.89 hours per week – in order to still retain Carer’s Allowance."

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