While the Carer’s Allowance is a program that many people support, there is some understandable nervousness because of recent talks about changes to this program. Many people want to know what the changes are, and how are they going to affect both the caregivers who currently are covered under this program? There are a lot of questions about the overhauls going on, although the goal is to somewhat simplify the system and make it easier for everyone to use when remaining economically viable – not to destroy it or dismantle it or anything similar.
So in simple language what has changed?
The first thing to note is that the Allowance for 2013-2014 has been set at the amount of 59.75 British Pounds per week for the caregiver. This amount may stay the same or it may change in the future, and the full amount paid can vary depending on if the person being watched over receives PIP benefits or not.
Because of budget constraints individuals watching adult dependents who still can receive increases for their partner can expect that to stop in 2020. Individuals who started with Carer’s Allowance in 2010 or after already don’t qualify.
There are very specific rules now also relating to income and where the cut off markers are for when a person can qualify for this caregiver support and when he or she cannot. These limits vary based on how the income is earned, what the amount is, and if there are other government programs and aid being involved.
These have been the bigger changes, with most of the discussion about longer term changes set to come into effect in later years or even a decade from now.
What is the Universal Credit?
The Universal Credit is set up to be a simple all inclusive credit that is going to take the place of seven other credits that are currently administered through the government. In this case the Carer’s Allowance is not one of them, however an individual who collects this in addition to other benefits may find their overall claim situation changed or altered.
There has been a lot of talk about major changes taking place, and while there are some long term shifts being made in many programs, most of the Carer’s Allowance changes will happen years or decades into the future. For more detailed information on this, take a look at:
There are many changes going on with social programs right now, but not a lot of those changes directly affect the Carer’s Allowance. Indirectly there is a lot to look at, especially for individuals who rely on more than one program. It’s in the interactions between multiple aid programs where things may be a little different and some extra guidance can help.