Help for carers and disabled people

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A new £200m yearly package of extra financial help for carers and disabled people was announced at the end of last year by Alistair Darling, Secretary of State for Social Security. Three targeted benefit rises, over and above the Retail Prices Index (RPI) and ROSSI Index, will give extra support to around 350,000 families: * The carer premium is now increased by £10 on top of the normal uprating – the weekly premium will rise from £14.15 to £24.40, an increase of over 70% for over 200,000 carers * A £7.40 per week rise to the disabled child premium which is paid with IRBs – this is over and above the normal uprating and raises help for around 80,000 disabled children from £22.25 to £30 per week * An increase of £14 to the starting level for the Disability Income Guarantee (DIG) that was first set at £128 – the new rates will be £142 and £186.80 per week for singles and couples respectively. See December2000/January2001 issue of _Homecare Professional_

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