Petition: Increase Carer’s Allowance to equal 35hrs at the National Minimum Wage
Almost half of those living in poverty are disabled or live with someone who is. Many carers are unable to work, or only able to work part-time due to caring responsibilities. Carer’s Allowance is treated as taxable income and is also deducted from any other benefits you may receive.
As of April 2022 Carer’s Allowance is £69.70 a week for at least 35 hours of caring a week, which works out to roughly £1.99 p/h. The National Minimum Wage for 18-year-olds is currently £6.83 p/h.
We want Carer’s Allowance to be increased to £239.05 a week, to reflect the work carers do.