Kyne welcomes reform of Carer’s Allowance

€5 increase in the Carer’s Allowance, and means test bands to be broadened

Changes to the Carer’s Allowance have been hailed as “the first major reform of the allowance in more than a decade” by Sen Seán Kyne.

Budget 2022 will see the means test for the Carer’s Allowance broadened, to allow couples with a weekly income of up to €750, and single people with a weekly income of up to €350, receive the payment.

There will also be an increase in the capital disregard for Carer’s Allowance from €20,000 to €50,000 which will be implemented next June. These measures are in addition to the €5 increase in the Carer’s allowance itself.

“Carers do amazing work and I’m glad these relaxations in the conditions of the scheme,” said Sen Kyne. “It is a recognition of the work carers do and of the benefits of keeping people in their own homes. These changes mean more families come into the threshold for the Carer’s Allowance which is very welcome.”

 

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