I would very much support your call for maintaining, extending and improving carer’s allowance in terms of providing an independent income for those who are caring that does not depend on a partner’s actions or income because it is non-means-tested.

I was involved recently in some qualitative research which involved interviews with men and women separately in low to moderate income couples and we came across several examples where carer’s allowance was very important to women in particular and seemed to give them some room for manoeuvre within the household which they might not have had otherwise …

best wishes
Fran Bennett, University of Oxford