In July, Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary set out ‘21st Century Welfare’ - a series of options for significantly changing the way the benefits system works.

Principles for reform
Carers UK has long called for reform to simplify the complex and confusing disability and carers’ benefits systems. As a result, we welcome the Government’s focus on simplification and also on reducing barriers and disincentives for people on benefits who want to work. However Carers UK is concerned that the emphasis on affordability does not lead to reductions in vital benefits to older and disabled people and carers who are already struggling to make ends meet, and that any reforms recognise that the care provided by carers often means they are unable to juggle work and care.

Carers UK fought for and won the first ever benefits for carers in 1975 and has consistently
campaigned for improvements to Carer’s Allowance. Our own consultation with our affiliates during the election campaign showed that reform of Carer’s Allowance was their top priority for the new Government, to improve carers income and recognise their contribution.
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