Highlighting Carer Needs at PMQs

14 Dec 2022
Wendy Chamberlain

Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain got the very last Prime Minister's Questions of 2022 this year, and used the opportunity to highlight carer concerns.

She asked why it is carers are denied Carer's Allowance if they earned more than £132 per week - hardly a huge sum.

She said: "In a written response from the Department for Work and Pensions, it was confirmed to me that an unpaid carer earning more than £132 a week from their job is classed as being in gainful employment and as a result loses their carer's allowance of £69.70 a week. Caring never stops, so can the Prime Minister explain to me the rationale behind that decision, given that we are trying to get economically inactive people back into work?

"Can he explain why it is his Government's position that £132 is enough for people to live on?"