Working carers worse of due to wage rise

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Caught an item on BBC Radio4, Moneybox programme today, which some carers may wish to listen again to on the BBC web site. A working carer who worked 18 hours, the minimum required to get Tax Credit, lost her Carers Allowance when the minimum wage was increased. She can apply again for CA when the earnings limit for Ca rises later in the year. In the meantime she has lost nearly £50 per week, which is causing her hardship.
On the old site I poted government statistics showing the huge variety of benefits carers claim in order to subsist in this crazy poor law jungle. Despit ivan lewis (The Minister responsible for carers Allowance) saying recently 'Carers do not wish to be regarded as a Workforce', they are simply family members. I contend they are a workforce as essential as the paid caring professions, and their vocation is evident. How many doctors would work for £50 per week plus other benefits (unless they have a pension). There is talk in a recent much hyped government initiative of improving the skills of carers. If they need to improve their skills, it follows that the are workers. a Fair Deal for Carers includes an adequate stable income, whatever it is called. be it a fee, stipend salary or wage.
best wishes normangardner
I agree wholeheartedly.Time and time again one sees allowances and tax breaks out of synchro with wage rises....the swiftness of the hand deceives the eye!!! Our clever politicians should see the effect a raise in wages has on the very poor. These are critical amounts to such folks. Seven year old kids can see the effect of moving the blocks on a Rubik cube...put them in charge of the Exchequer!
This is an issue that Carers UK is actively lobbying on. This affects those working around 16 hours a week (this is around the threshold of CA earning limit) who at the moment are forced to either cut their hours or lose their CA. We think it is riduclous that government policy on minimum wage is failing to recognise that carers who work part-time and claim Caresr Allowance are being hammered every single time the minimum wage is raised. It's a classic example of not-joined up government. We are asking government to link the two so that the CA earnings limit is raised inline with minimum wage increases.

Matt
You have been actively lobbying for an increase in caers allowance for years and not got it, I suppose this will go the same way
Carer_j...you are probably right. over the years things may or may not have got better according to an individual's circumstances. Governments do waste money and people like your good self need to snap at their heels. This will remind them that some of us can vociferously denigrate them. Also we can show where they are failing us and we are not going to take things lying down.
Carer_jwill remind them that some of us can vociferously denigrate them. Also we can show where they are failing us and we are not going to take things lying down.
But that is ALSO this charity's job too but they DON'T. They just agree with whatever is churned out by the goverment
hi carer j

youkeep repeating that we agree with whatever the government says. this is not accurate. we are repeatedly and publicly criticising the government for lack of investment in social care.
Caught an item on BBC Radio4, Moneybox programme today, which some carers may wish to listen again to on the BBC web site. A working carer who worked 18 hours, the minimum required to get Tax Credit, lost her Carers Allowance when the minimum wage was increased. She can apply again for CA when the earnings limit for Ca rises later in the year. In the meantime she has lost nearly £50 per week, which is causing her hardship.
best wishes normangardner
When and by how much is the earnings limit going up? I had to ask to reduce my hours at work when my employer raised the hourly rate, it would have taken me just above the piddling amount we are permitted to earn, luckily they were able to work something out or I would have had to give up work completely and finding another job to fit around caring and for the few hours I can work would be nigh on impossible.
Hi

From 9th April 2007 the Earnings Limit wiil increase from £84 to £87.

Carers UK is campaigning for the reform of the benefits system so that carers who are able and choose to work are not penalised by the Earnings rule.
Hi

From 9th April 2007 the Earnings Limit wiil increase from £84 to £87.

Carers UK is campaigning for the reform of the benefits system so that carers who are able and choose to work are not penalised by the Earnings rule.
Image Wow a whole £3, not even an hours work at the minimum legal rate ( though at least 3 hours worth at carers allowance rates) Which planet do this government live on? I think I'll go and have a little weep, I'd foolishly got my hopes up that it might be better news, silly me Image