The Government has announced that carers who receive the Carer's Allowance will be exempt from the benefit cap.

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Carers UK has campaigned for changes to benefit cap rules since the policy was announced in 2010. A proposed benefit cap would reduce the income of carers, including those who support individuals affected by mental ill health.

The High Court gave a ruling on the benefit cap with Justice Collins saying that the cap would unlawfully discriminate against carers and individuals with disabilities.

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

"This is significant victory for carers and carers' rights. By changing the law to exempt carers who receive Carer's Allowance from the benefit cap, the Government has shown that it recognises both the valuable contribution that carers make to society and that the benefit cap unfairly penalises carers - many of whom already facing significant hardship as a result of their caring role."

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