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Meg Munn welcomes changes in Invalid Care Allowance

Thursday, November 7, 2002

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley has today welcomed important new changes to Invalid Care Allowance (ICA), the allowance paid to those who care for disabled people.

From October 28th the current upper age limit will be abolished to enable people over 65 to claim for the first time. At the same time, the rules will also change so that carers of all ages will continue to be entitled to ICA for up to eight weeks following the death of the severely disabled person they care for.

ICA is an income maintenance benefit and cannot be paid in addition to Retirment Pension. But if the carers Retirement Pension is less than the rate of ICA, they will be paid a top-up to the level of ICA.

Meg said
"I am very pleased with the changes. Abolishing the age restriction will benefit significant numbers of lower income carers, and those carers (mostly women) who do not get Retirement Pension or only get a reduced rate."

People wanting more information should contact  the ICA Unit on 01253 856 123

ENDS

Notes to the Editor

ICA is going to be renamed "Carers Allowance" in April. The new name will remove the negative connotations associated with the word "invalid" and will emphasise that the benefit is for the carer and not the disabled person.


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