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Maria Miller - carers benefits -Carers UK Forum

Maria Miller - carers benefits

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Maria Miller (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Disabled People), Work and Pensions; Basingstoke, Conservative)

The Government recognise that the UK's 6 million carers play an indispensable role in looking after friends or family members who need support. It also acknowledges the important role that both cash benefits and employment assistance play, especially in enabling many carers to combine care giving with paid employment.

We have set out our commitment to simplify the benefit system in order to improve work incentives and encourage responsibility and fairness. We will consider carefully the needs of carers as we develop our thinking on welfare reform. Additionally, over the coming months we will be considering the services that Jobcentre Plus currently provide for carers along with other issues affecting their daily lives such as flexible working.
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Maria Miller
The Budget announced that we would introduce a new objective assessment for disability living allowance from 2013-14. The design of the new assessment is at the early stages, but will take account of experience from the introduction of the work capability assessment. We will also wish to work with a range of interested stakeholders and disabled people in developing a robust and fair approach.

In keeping with its commitment to protect people in the most vulnerable situations, Budget 2010 also announced that the Government would not be taking back the 1.5% increase that was given to disability living allowance recipients last year. Instead the rates of this benefit will be increased by the Consumer Prices Index in 2011 and beyond, which is the most widely recognised measure of price inflation
Means nothing - if they were in any way bothered about carers they would have had a firm plan to increase our income before the election and would now be in a position to put it into action - but they don't - talk is cheap!
They will never offer carer's more money they appear to be doing everything in their power to get rid of DLA, AA and even cutting housing benefits ..
We have set out our commitment to simplify the benefit system in order to improve work incentives and encourage responsibility and fairness
DWP CarersWe recognise the important work done by carers up and down the country and so we will provide an extra £60 million by 2014 to help fund an additional room for carers .
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/top-stories/#welfare
But it seems that many of us will actually have our HB reduced if we are deemed to be underoccupying a property - so if we have a 'spare bedroom' when older kids move out will we be expected to move or lose HB as a result? Is CUK attempting to clarify this?
But it seems that many of us will actually have our HB reduced if we are deemed to be underoccupying a property - so if we have a 'spare bedroom' when older kids move out will we be expected to move or lose HB as a result? Is CUK attempting to clarify this?
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haven' t heard about this could you point me in the right direction so I can read about this?
Twas in the budget - plan to reduce HB for underoccupied homes in social housing. This already happens in privately rented houses - so a couple with one child would only get HB for two bedrooms and have to make up the difference if they have 3 or more bedrooms. Friend of mine fell foul of this when the LA deemed a store cupboard in her one bedroomed cottage to be a second bedroom even when the tennancy agreement stated it was ONE bedroomed!
If they bring this in for social housing then we will end up being evicted - two of us but three bedrooms - bed and breakfast dump for us then!
same for us two in a 3 bedroom bungalow
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Housing benefit

ConLibs want to stop people claiming £1,950 rents from the tax payer.

Iain Duncan Smith wants to cut the housing benefit bill by imposing a limit of £200 for single room up to £400 limit for a family.
Housing benefit

ConLibs want to stop people claiming £1,950 rents from the tax payer.

Iain Duncan Smith wants to cut the housing benefit bill by imposing a limit of £200 for single room up to £400 limit for a family.
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I read about the above but not about housing benefit being reduced for under occupied property.

I've seen something on the web, it seems this would only affect people in privately rented property's.