Transparency data

Performance of the Carer's Allowance Unit (CAU), 2011 to 2012

How well the CAU met national targets for clearance of claims, satisfaction rates, complaints and compliments.



Claim clearance

The National Audit Office has agreed national targets for the clearance of claims for Carer’s Allowance (CA) and the accuracy of our payments. The table shows how the Carer’s Allowance Unit (CAU) performed last year.

Carer’s Allowance Target for 2011/12 Achieved in 2011/12
Average time we had a claim before we made a decision 2.3 weeks 1.9 weeks
Paying the right money 99% 99.5%

Call quality monitoring

We ask for feedback on 50 calls each quarter. After consulting Carer’s Allowance customers we increased the target satisfaction rate from 75% to 90%.

Carer’s Allowance call quality monitoring (2011 to 2012)

Satisfaction rate achieved Target
99% 90%


If a customer complains because they are not satisfied with our service, our target for replying to the complaint is 7 working days.

For the period from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 the table shows:

  • the number of complaints we received
  • the number answered within the agreed time (this may include answers to complaints received before 1 January 2009)

On the 31 March 2012 there were 599,453 customers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance.

Complaints received Answered within target
718 699

The top complaints in the CAU from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 were:

  • Failed to keep customer informed
  • Benefit payment delays
  • Claim processing delays

To address these issues we have:

  • concentrated on the Continuous Improvement process to identify better ways of working
  • introduced a new notification to advise customers of changes to their payments
  • tried new ways of working that are now helping us deal with complex claims more quickly
  • made improvements to some of our forms to improve efficiency and customer service


When a customer is happy with our service they sometimes let us know.

The Carer’s Allowance Unit received 120 compliments between 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012.

About the CAU

The Carer’s Allowance Unit has centres around the UK and administers the assessments and payments for carers.

Published 31 March 2013
Last updated 13 June 2013 + show all updates
  1. Linked to a document series - Carer's Allowance Unit performance
  2. First published.