Legal challenge to inadequate financial support for carers during pandemic refused
Friday 23rd October 2020
A campaign started by a parent carer, and supported by Contact, to challenge the failure of the Government to adequately provide financial support to carers during the Covid-19 pandemic has been refused by the court today.
Amanda Batten CEO of Contact says: "This will be disappointing for parent carers who have felt abandoned by government throughout the pandemic. Many are facing raising costs and falling incomes and one in five think they will go into debt because of the pandemic.
"We urge the government to step in with financial help for carers struggling to make ends meet. This would also importantly send a message from government to all unpaid carers that they are valued at this difficult time."
We told you about Rachel Adam Smith's Carer's Allowance campaign back in April and supported her call for a better package of financial support for carers to help offset the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since then however the government has subsequently decided that Carer's Allowance can't be increased temporarily without new legislation. As a result, permission to amend the claim to challenge the failure of the government to adequately provide financial support carers during the pandemic was sought by solicitors Bindmans. Contact assisted Bindmans in gathering evidence for this challenge. However, this was today refused.
Jessie Brennan and Paradise Bidkalameh from Bindmans, who instructed Steve Broach (39 Essex Chambers) and Alice Irving (Doughty Street Chambers), have now been instructed by their client to apply for permission to appeal in the Court of Appeal.
Carer's Allowance is the main benefit for carers. You qualify for Carer's Allowance if you provide at least 35 hours of care per week and your child is on the care component of Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate or if they get the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment.