Giving carers a helping hand

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Carers in Angus who have been affected by the recent increase in the national minimum wage are being reminded that this increase may affect their entitlement to carers allowance.

The national minimum wage (NMW) for those aged 21 and over increased recently from £6.19 to £6.31 per hour.

Whilst this is good news for most, it may cause problems for some carers who are working 16 hours per week on minimum wage and in receipt of carers allowance.

In order to get carers allowance earnings after allowable deductions must be no more than £100 per week.

Under the previous NMW a person working 16 hours work earned £99.04 per week.

However with the rise on October 1 the same person will now be earning £100.96 per week. As earnings will now be over the threshold, carers are at risk of losing their carers allowance.

If you think this will affect you, please contact Angus Council’s Welfare Rights service on the ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778 for advice or the Carers Allowance office on 0845 608 4321.