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am i alone in thinking to claim the carers allowance in the future , you may have to prove that the person you care for does in fact need care / help & support before you will be given the carers allowance .....
Welfare & Healthcare Reform are connected and my question is will CA continue to exist?

Personalisation and the implications for the carer

http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/ata ... ance10.asp

http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/ele ... /index.asp
About Carers Allowance
Why Adult Social Care needs to be updated
5.31 One issue that has arisen since the introduction of direct payments and personal
budgets17 is whether a carer who had previously performed their role on an
unpaid basis but is now paid for the care they provide through the cared-for
person’s direct payment would still qualify as an unpaid carer. It might be argued
that they fall into the above exclusions because they are being employed or paid
by the service user for some or all of the care they are providing. Alternatively, it
might be argued that any care to which a direct payment related would be
disregarded when considering whether or not the carer is providing substantial
and regular care. This issue has important ramifications for unpaid carers
because if receipt of payment from the cared-for person’s direct payment means
the receiving person falls outside the definition of a carer, then they would not be
entitled to an assessment or to services in their own right.18 This could mean, for
example, that their employment needs, or education and leisure needs are not
met. Alternatively the carer might want their care arrangements reviewed but
would legally not be in a position to request an assessment.
http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/docs/cp192.pdf [/quote]
Information in these links refers to agreements before the election.

Under the new Con/Lib government I think anything that's gone before is unreliable, almost defunct, and we have to wait for new rules & regulations.

Yes you’re right all this was before the general election but all three parties were/are committed to welfare and health reform and personalisation is here to stay.
This is happening now in social care for new clients Published: October 2008
Updated: April 2010
http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/rep ... port20.asp

That's why the Law Commission are proposing to merge various community care laws enacted since 1948 into one legal statue.

You will find more information about this at