Better support for carers

Increasing the Carer's Allowance earnings threshold in line with National Living Wage (NLW)

In April 2016 the national living wage (NLW) rose to £7.20 (and will rise to £9.00 per hour by 2020).

Until this is accompanied by corresponding increases in the earnings limit for Carer's Allowance, some parents on the minimum wage face a choice of either cutting their working hours or losing their Carer's Allowance.


What we want

  • The Carer's Allowance earnings limit to be increased in line with future rises to the NLW.


What you can do

  • We asked you to sign a letter to the Minister for Disabled People calling for an increase in the Carer's Allowance earnings threshold in line with the NLW. Thank you to the 2,433 e-campaigners who signed our letter.
  • If you have been affected by this issue, please email Una.summerson@cafamily.org.uk or call 020 7608 8742.


What we're doing

  • Ahead of the Autumn Statement, we have written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond MP on this issue.
  • With your signatures we have written to the government asking that the Carer's Allowanace earnings limit be increased in line with any future increase in the NLW.
  • Our Counting the Costs campaign aims to ease the financial strain on families going without food and heating, and one of the measures we're calling for is a change to the Carer's Allowance rules. 

Making your priorities known to MPs

Carers, including those with disabled children, save the NHS and economy £119 billion each year.

Tens of thousands of parent carers are volunteering their time helping local authorities and health providers to make their local services better for all.

Yet too often this contribution is overshadowed by poverty, relationship breakdown and prejudice. Their contribution also often comes at a high personal cost in terms of income, relationships and health.


What we want MPs to do

  • Enable families with disabled children to get the right help and support.
  • Champion the role of parent carers in shaping and improving services through local parent carer forums.
  • Understand the realities of family life and to pledge their support to work with us and families over the next five years in parliament. 


What you can do

  • Write to your local MP - adding comments if you want to - and tell them what you want them to do for families with disabled children over the next 5 years.


What we're doing

  • We held an event in Parliament where families quizzed MPs about what they intend to do for disabled children over the next five years.
  • 40 MPs pledged their support to work with Contact a Family and with families to secure a brighter future for the growing population of disabled children. 

End the Care Crisis in England

"Care for my child in the future" and "transition to adult services" are top concerns for families with disabled children. 

The current system is chronically underfunded, leaving thousands of disabled people and their carers without the support they need.


What we want

  • Better transition planning and services to disabled young people.


What we're doing