Home Responsibilities Protection: what was HRP and who qualifies for it: as a full time carer
Regulation 2, the Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994/704) (“the 1994 regulations”)
Under regulation 2(3) (a) and (b) of the 1994 regulations, a person qualified for HRP if they were regularly engaged for at least 35 hours a week in caring for someone in respect of whom certain prescribed benefits were payable for at least 48 weeks in the relevant tax year The principal benefits prescribed by the regulations are as follows:
* Attendance Allowance, * Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate for personal care, or * Constant Attendance Allowance
Because DWP would not have a record of a carer, unless they were receiving Income Support, HRP was not awarded automatically to a person who was a full-time carer as defined by regulation 2 above. Such persons therefore had to make a claim for HRP using form CF411. Time limits could apply, see NIM41350.
The HRP awarded to full time carers could count towards their Additional (State Second) Pension. (see regulation 6 of SI 2001/1323 and section 44A (2) (c) (ii) of the SSCBA 1992.)
Customers seeking confirmation of their pension entitlement should contact DWP.
A person who fulfilled the requirements for and was in receipt of Carer’s Allowance would have received National Insurance credits each week and would not, therefore, require HRP.