Carers earnings

Increase limit that carers can earn alongside carers allowance to £150 per week.Use this as an average figure over the course of the whole year, so in total you would be able to earn £7800 p a but allow earnings to vary from time to time. For example working in a supermarket you may earn £100 per week but at xmas be able to earn some extra cash by working extra shifts  say £200 per week for the month of dec. This would mean that carers are not penalised by losing their carers allowance for the sake of a few pounds over the earnings threshold.In short, work it out on an annual average not a weekly or monthly one. On a yearly basis ask carers to declare their prev years earnings and if they have gone over the earnings limit carers allow for the next year is reduced accordingly. This would enable carers to provide a bit extra at expensive times of the year which would make some of us feel more worthy and able to provide for our loved ones.   

Why the contribution is important

I am a full time carer for my wife. I had to give up an excellent career to look after her after a work related accident. Both my wife and i did not ask for this to happen and are increasingly frustrated at the financial constraints which are placed on carers making a difficult situation even more worrying.I appreciate that there has to be limits set for carers allowance, which is an issue in itself, but depending on circumstances the opportunity to earn  some extra money to provide for your family, which is at no extra cost to the govt, should be available.I am not talking about large sums of money. To be able to work an extra 4 or 5 hours per week in my job at a local supermarket would be life changing to our family.

by iifitlike on October 06, 2015 at 08:17PM

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