HC Deb 02 February 2000 vol 343 c636W
Mr. Shaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the method used to calculate holiday entitlement for people in receipt of Invalid Care Allowance. [107653]

Mr. Bayley

We recognise the importance for carers of being able to take a break from their caring responsibilities. A carer in receipt of Invalid Care Allowance is therefore able to retain entitlement during short breaks not exceeding four weeks in any 26 without losing benefit.

The calculation of this entitlement involves the use of a rolling period of 26 weeks. Each week of the proposed break is assessed to see if it falls within a period of 26 weeks in which no more than four weeks' break will have occurred in total.