Govt. response to petition to pay carers minimum hourly rate
Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:15 pm
Shall we all go on strike and let them find out exactly how much it would cost to get 'paid staff' tto cover the hours we do?
Details of petition:
"pay carers the minimum hourly rate of pay for the hours they care. Carers work up to 24/7 but are only paid Ã‚Â£46.95, paying carers the minimum hourly rate would give them over 4* that amount for the 35hours minimum that has to be done to claim carers allowance
Read the Government's response
The principal purpose of Carer's Allowance is to provide a measure of income maintenance for people who do not work full-time and provide care for a severely disabled person. It was never intended to be a carer's wage nor a payment for the services of caring, and is therefore not comparable with the National Minimum Wage.
Entitlement to Carer's Allowance depends on certain conditions relating to the circumstances of the disabled person and the carer being satisfied. The carer must provide a minimum of 35 hours care a week, and the disabled person must be receiving Attendance Allowance, the middle or highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance or the equivalent rate of a Constant Attendance Allowance.
The 35-hour rule represents the minimum amount of care that a severely disabled person would be expected to need. Since the rate of Carer's Allowance is not affected by the amount of care provided, it cannot be considered as a wage for caring. This would be at odds with the purpose of the benefit.
Carers with limited resources can receive more substantial help from the income-related benefits like Income Support or Pension Credit which can all be paid at higher rates for carers.