Young carers


The Children’s Society has produced analysis which reveals that thousands of young carers and their families face losing more than £3,500 a year under proposed welfare reforms. Families with young carers looking after disabled parents could lose out through the abolition of the ‘severe disability premium’. The introduction of Universal Credit spells the end of this additional support, costing families with a young carer up to £2,876 a year. With the abolition of the Enhanced Disability premium, also proposed, some families with a young carer could lose more than £3,500 a year.

The Severe Disability Premium gives additional support to disabled adults who have no one to care for them, or are being looked after by a young carer. This money helps to pay for additional costs of living with a disability, such as housework, preparing meals and travel. Young carers already lack support within the current benefits system as they are not typically entitled to Carer’s Allowance, despite 13,000 of them providing more than 50 hours of unpaid care each week.

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