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Allow people receiving State Pension to receive Carer's Allowance

Submitted by Leslie Wiggin on Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Published on Wednesday 9th June 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Thursday 9th December 2021

Current Signatures: 18
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Petition Action

Allow people receiving State Pension to receive Carer's Allowance

Petition Details

Unpaid Carers receive a Carer's Allowance of £67.60 per week, but when the Carer becomes a State Pensioner, this is taken away from them even if they continue to provide essential care to someone.

Additional Information

State Retirement Pension is treated as an overlapping benefit and therefore disentitles a person to Carers Allowance. This dates back to the Overlapping Benefit Regulations 1979.

This archaic regulation needs to be amended to remove Retirement Pension as an Overlapping Benefit or alternatively provide an amendment to allow Carer's Allowance to be paid irrespective of Retirement Pension.

Unpaid Carers save billions in social care provision and should not be penalised for caring in the community.


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