Carers would struggle without Carer’s Allowance

Without Carer’s Allowance, some carers say they would have to cut back on food, fuel or transport costs or even cut back on their caring responsibilities or give up caring altogether to seek paid work.

This is one of the main findings of Department for Work and Pensions research into the experiences of people who are entitled to Carer’s Allowance – the main benefit available to help people caring for someone who is ill, older or has disability.

Aims of the Carer’s Allowance study

The research, carried out by the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit,  looked at carers, their use of Carer’s Allowance, budgeting issues and how they can be better supported to return to work.

The main aims were to gain a better understanding of:

Other key findings from the Carer’s Allowance research

Options for change in relation to Carer’s Allowance

The research explored a number of potential options for change in relation to Carer’s Allowance.

These included provision of a lump sum payment or providing further services for the person supported or the Carer’s Allowance claimant.

Carers were also asked how they would redesign the system. There was no common message from carers on rolling up Carer’s Allowance into another source of income and a one-off lump-sum payment gained very little support. Slightly more popular was the idea of a lump-sum followed by smaller, regular payments. A quarter of carers were largely happy with the system and could not think of any ways to change it.