Carer’s Allowance and the Benefit Cap
A lot of people have asked whether the government’s planned restrictions on Child Benefit have gone through a proper equality impact assessment. Should we be asking the same question about the Benefit Cap? I ask because it looks to me as though including Carers Allowance in the Chancellor’s list of benefits that count towards the Benefits Cap will have a disproportionate impact on women.
The government’s equality impact assessment of Carer’s Allowance indicates that nearly three quarters of the people who get CA are women; including CA will increase the likelihood of being affected by the Benefits Cap more for women than for men.
Yesterday I pointed out how unfair it was that Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is counted towards the cap, because it isn’t meant to cover living costs, it’s a form of compensation. A similar issue applies here: carers repeatedly say that they value Carer’s Allowance not just for the money (which is obviously welcome and needed) but because it recognises the hard unpaid work they do. Now those who live in families that have a total income over the threshold won’t be recognised – this does not seem fair to me.