match JSA amount plus increase study/work hours

I feel the benefit should at least be in line with job seekers, it is not a lot to ask that we are valued at least the same as those who are loking for work. Also,  I have been unable to work for 20 years due to my caring responsibilities,  but I could work part time now but due to my skills being so out of date it would be difficult. If I could study  for a year or so and not lose carers it could help me move back into the workplace. My husband works so we dont get any other benefits, I hate being dependent on him due to my caring role, so carers allowance is really imprtant to me as its the only money I can claim as "my own" The fact that most of it goes on the kids is irrelevent, it helps me keep my sence of self respect. So the amount of hours you can spend studying but get paid carers should be reviewed too.

Why the contribution is important

Its imprtant because it gives carers some self respect 

by bonjen3 on August 13, 2015 at 04:53PM

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  • Posted by SG_Social_Security_Policy_Team_Member August 20, 2015 at 16:08

    Thank you for your contribution. It will be up to the Scottish Parliament to decide on a definition of full time student. Do people have views on how this could be set in a way that would help carers study and continue to qualify for a carers benefit?
  • Posted by fionacameron August 27, 2015 at 16:28

    Totally agree that Carers should be entitled to Carers Allowance while they are studying for a better future if they are supported during this time then it enables them to get a better job and contribute to the economy in the long term so I think it is a worthwhile investment . It shouldn't matter how many hours a week they are at college/university.
  • Posted by Demipowell September 02, 2015 at 16:46

    Allowing carers to study would give them the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty. Carers become trapped in a system where they simply cannot work either because they can't afford to or they can't fit it around their caring responsibilities.

    Studying can also be massively beneficial in providing a mental break to the carer and in improving their self-esteem and allowing them to pursue an interest of their own. This not only helps them, but also the person or people they care for.
  • Posted by johnbuckley October 02, 2015 at 13:40

    I agree that CA should be raised to the same as JSA,but also think that the carer should be entitled to free dental treatment etc. I don't know what benefits people on JSA receive, but carers should be given at least the same and more if possible.
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