Huppert tells government give carers a working chance

June 28, 2010 1:04 PM

Julian HuppertCambridge MP Julian Huppert has called on the government to make it easier for carers to work without losing their benefits.

He wants the government to remove the limit of £97 a week which carers can earn before they forfeit their Carer's Allowance.

Julian has signed a Commons' Early Day Motion celebrating the "valuable role performed by over six million carers in the UK, in the majority of cases without any financial recognition from the public purse, saving the country an estimated £87 billion per year".

"Many carers need to go to work to make ends meet," he said, "but the earnings threshold makes it difficult for them to do so without jeopardising their Carer's Allowance.

"These people fulfill a much needed role in our society and we must do everything we can to recognise their contribution and make sure that they do not suffer financial hardship as a result."

He has called on the government to "remove the disincentive to work represented by the cliff-edge earnings threshold of £97 per week that prevents many carers from working at all and stops those in work from fulfilling their full working potential".

And he has congratulated the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers for its continued campaigning for a better deal for working carers.

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