‘Policies must deal with benefits trap’

    A carers’ charity has welcomed draft guidance for the
    implementation of carers’ legislation, but accused the government
    of failing to address the “benefit trap” for carers who want to
    work.

    The Princess Royal Trust for Carers praised efforts to ensure that
    other departments as well as health and social services had to look
    at providing services for carers.

    But the charity called for more support for carers on benefits who
    were seeking work, and pointed out that those earning more than
    £77 a week lost their benefits.

    “The benefits trap is not being addressed, preventing many carers
    from seeking work and condemning them to a future without
    sufficient funds for their retirement,” said a spokesperson.

    Guidance on the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 and the
    Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 was published last month by
    the Department of Health and sent out to organisations for
    consultation.

    • <25CF> Consultation ends on 18 March. Guidance from
      www.dh.gov.uk

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