Carers & The Benefit Cap

Carers save the country over £130 Billion a year, the Services for their support and for the "cared for" are under increasing pressures due to budget reductions but does anyone really understand the pressures of being a carer........

Carers subject to the benefit cap a ‘priority group’ for receiving discretionary housing payments

However, Minister rejects call to bring forward a planned exemption of carers from the benefit cap

Carers in receipt of carer's allowance or the carer element of universal credit should be treated as a 'priority group' to receive discretionary housing payments ahead of benefit cap exemptions due in the autumn, Work and Pensions Minister Lord Freud has said.

Responding to written questions in the House of Lords, Lord Freud rejected a call for new rules that will exempt carers from the benefit cap to be brought forward ahead of their planned introduction in the autumn but stated that -

‘We have … amended the Discretionary Housing Payments Local Authority Good Practice Guide to reflect that those entitled to Carer’s Allowance or Universal Credit including the carer element should be considered as a priority group for whom Discretionary Housing Payments are specifically aimed.’

In a separate written answer, Lord Freud also stated that carers and all other claimants would be contacted ahead of the planned benefit cap changes -

'We will be writing to claimants potentially affected by the planned changes to the benefit cap in the coming months, ahead of the launch of the new benefit cap levels from the autumn. These notifications will include details of the forthcoming exemptions.'

Lord Freud’s written answers on carers and the benefit cap and notifying benefit cap changes are available from Hansard.