Carer’s Allowance is currently a non means-tested benefit for people who provide a minimum of 35 hours or more care a week for a friend or relative suffering from dementia who receives the middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance.
Publication of the Government’s Welfare Reform Bill has confirmed that Carer’s Allowance will remain outside of the Universal Credit.
Effectively, this means Carer’s Allowance will remain a non means-tested benefit. This is vitally important to all but the very poorest of carers, who would otherwise have faced the means-test and lost their Carer’s Allowance along with any formal (albeit paltry) recognition of their contribution to society.
The Government is making major changes to the welfare system which will affect some carers. Carers who already receive means-tested benefits will be moved onto the Universal Credit.