Benefit cap exemption for carers comes into force
From today carers entitled to Carer’s Allowance will be exempt from the Benefit Cap.
The change in the law follows a lengthy campaign by Carers UK and others to highlight the iniquity of further reducing financial support for unpaid carers. Following a landmark High Court Judgment in November 2015, the Government amended the Welfare Reform and Work Act in January 2016 to exempt carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, alongside those with an underlying entitlement to the benefit, from the Benefit Cap.
The exemption comes into force as Benefit Cap levels are further reduced, which would have seen greater numbers of carers impacted by the policy.
Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:
"We are pleased that from today carers entitled to Carer's Allowance will no longer be subject to the Benefit Cap. From the outset Carers UK argued that reducing financial support for carers was wrong.
"Exempting carers from the benefit cap is a necessary step towards greater recognition for carers and a strengthening of their rights. We hope this is further built upon in the forthcoming Carers Strategy, due to be published by the Government in the coming months.”
For more details on the Benefit Cap exemption for carers see our information at: http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/financial-support/help-with-benefits/benefit-cap