Lord Darzi, once appointed by Gordon Brown as a health minister, said the state should ‘demand’ people take ‘greater responsibility’ for the health and social care of themselves and their families.
He also said family members who care for older relatives should receive greater financial help from the state.
This is still yet to be the case, however if you are caring for someone and not claiming Carers Allowance you might as well take the paltry £62.10 the Government offer.
Currently in the UK you may qualify for Carers Allowance if you meet the following criteria.
- are 16 or over
- spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
- have been in the UK or the Isle of Man for at least 26 weeks in the 12 months before you claim
- are in the UK when you claim – there are some exceptions, eg members and family members of the Armed Forces
- are not subject to immigration control
The person you care for must be in receipt of one of these benefits:
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance – the middle or highest care rate
- Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension.
There are exceptions to this and you may not get Carer’s Allowance if:
- you’re in full-time education, and studying for 21 hours a week or more (this includes supervised study and things like coursework and experiments, not just time spent with a tutor)
- you earn more than £100 a week (after tax)
- you get one of the benefits listed below
If you get any of the benefits listed below and they pay you £62.10 or more you may not get Carer’s Allowance. Instead, Job centre plus will work out if these benefits can be increased or if you’re entitled to other benefits.
- Bereavement Allowance
- contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
- contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit
- Industrial Death Benefit
- Maternity Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- State Pension
- training allowance
- Unemployability Supplement – paid with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or War Pension
- War Widow’s or Widower’s Pension
- Widowed Mother’s Allowance
- Widowed Parent’s Allowance
- Widow’s Pension