Stop means testing of carers allowance
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We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to end the means testing of the Carers Allowance Payment.
It has been widely accepted that the payment of Carers allowance, is a payment to a person for the work involved in caring for a dependant person.
Currently I am receiving carers benefit (a non means tested payment) which is due to stop this October. Once this stops, I will have no choice but to go back to work. Why? Because my husband earns too much and we will not meet the means for carers allowance.
As my daughter needs constant one to one and assistance in every aspect of her life, the only way I can return to work is to work opposite to my husband. We will have very little family time and I am extremely concerned about the negative impact it will have on all my children.
It is not acceptable to means test a persons wage in any other profession so why is it acceptable here? Means testing this payment takes away the financial independence of a carer because as we all know, you don’t stop being a carer just because you stop receiving payment for it.
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