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Maria Miller - carers benefits - Page 3 - Carers UK Forum

Maria Miller - carers benefits

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Oh I know, and her point is what exactly?
Vicky
see here

Maria Miller (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Disabled People), Work and Pensions; Basingstoke, Conservative)
The Government have no immediate plans to increase the level of carer's allowance or the carer's allowance earnings limit.

We have set out our commitment to modernise and 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.

The Chancellor announced in the emergency Budget that from 2011 the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be used to measure the growth in prices for the purposes of uprating carer's allowance. In keeping with its promise to protect people in the most vulnerable situations the Government will not implement the previous Government's policy of clawing back the 1.5% 'advance' that was applied to carer's allowance in April 2010.

We believe that the CPI is a more appropriate and stable measure of the cost of living for recipients of carer's allowance. Under that index carer's allowance would have received an increase in 2010, not simply an 'advance' of future potential increases.
The Government have no immediate plans to increase the level of carer's allowance or the carer's allowance earnings limit.
commitment to modernise and simplify the benefit system in order to improve work incentives and encourage responsibility and fairness..
Duncan Smith said he wants to remove 10,000 claimants a week off sickness benefit and disability living allowance.

No carers allowance then Image How much is unemployment benefit these days?

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeo ... DG_4001068
The Government have no immediate plans to increase the level of carer's allowance or the carer's allowance earnings limit.
commitment to modernise and simplify the benefit system in order to improve work incentives and encourage responsibility and fairness..
Is it just me or are these two statements contradictory?
Vicky
most of us will lose out on hb and alot will lose i/c and dla and then lives will be put at risk. the mp's should come under the same rules and therefore should only be paid for a one bed flat. if there want bigger then there should pay the difference the same as we will have too..
Most of the changes are being done by stealth.
Be honest, without internet, how many here would be aware of some of the proposals. Hell, many of the 'professionals' are not aware.
that is so true. i have asked my council weather i will be affected by the hb change and the reply i got was how are we suppose to know. well if there dont who does, as i dont.

it is also good as you rosemary seem to do alot of the finding out so i for one thank you for the time you must put in on all this to help us
i have asked my council weather i will be affected by the hb change and the reply i got was how are we suppose to know. well if there dont who does, as i dont.
Paul,

I'm afraid I don;t know ins and outs of Housing benefit changes but this is from our response to the budget. Hope it's some use.
Matt
Govt has said they will]Reduce the costs of Housing Benefit by £1.8 billion through various adjustments and
restrictions including limiting social tenants’ entitlement to ‘appropriately sized homes’ and
introducing maximum limits on housing benefits. Housing benefit will also now cover the
cost of an additional room for those claimants with a disability who need a carer.
Carers UK welcomes the extension of Housing benefit to include the costs of additional space for
claimants being cared for by friends or family members. However, setting a national cap for
Housing Benefit may fail to take account of the additional housing needs of families affected by
illness or disability. Increasingly, ‘sandwich generation’ carers, who may be supporting both their own young children and elderly parents in their home, have a real need for large and accessible accommodation. The sizes and therefore costs of housing may be pushed up by accessibility requirements and the cap may prevent these families from being able to afford the accommodation they need.[/quote]
There are two types of Housing Benefit,

Local Housing Allowance and Housing benefit.

At the moment LHA is paid to people in privately rented accommodation. People on this allowance are the ones that will be affected by the Budget changes.

From what I’ve read LHA will replace HB eventually, so I imaging that anyone in Social housing will have the same rules apply for them.

In my situation, living in social housing and under occupied. Using my local area rates for LHA we would get £103 per week, our rent is £100. Anyone living in Social housing should be OK.
No we will not be OK!
The budget stated that the existing rules for LHA regarding underoccurpying will apply to HB for social housing - this is nothing to do with local rates - it is to with the number of bedrooms and the number of people in the house.
Now Ok I can see a point for not paying full HB to somebody renting a house with six bedrooms when there are only one / two occupants but what this means in reality is that two people who are in a three bedroomed house (maybe because an adult child has left home) will find their HB reduced and even if they are on low benefits and get IS they will have to make up the difference or be evicted for rent arrears.
If this goes through it will effect a lot of carers who will face losing their homes or being forced to move to a property that will no doubt be unsuitable for the person they care for and if the new home is in the private sector it will cost MORE in HB !