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Carer's Allowance to be debated by MPs

18 April 2024

On Monday 22 April, MPs will debate a petition relating to Carer’s Allowance

Christina Rees MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.

Increase Carer's Allowance to 35 hours a week at the minimum wage

The petition, which has more than 13,000 signatures, states: “We want the Government to increase the amount of Carer's Allowance to match pay for a full-time job.”

In its response to the petition, provided on 23 October 2023, the Government said: “Carer’s Allowance is a benefit that provides some financial recognition that a carer may not be able to work full-time. It is part of a range of support based on individual needs, rather than a wage.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

Petition debates don’t end with a vote to implement the request of a petition. This means MPs will not vote on the request of a petition at the end of the debate. Instead, the aim is to give MPs an opportunity to discuss the issues raised by a petition, and get a response from the Government.

Petition debates are scheduled by the Petitions Committee. Only e-petitions started on the Parliament petitions site are considered by the Petitions Committee.

Further information

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