§ David Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review pensioner carers' access to carer's allowance payments. 
§ Maria Eagle
We have no current plans.
Pensioners have access to carer's allowance. Around 22,000 receive the benefit, in full or in part. Around 44,000 pensioner carers receive the additional amount for carers paid with pension credit.
Figures as at end August 2003, 5 per cent. sample rounded to nearest 1,000.
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