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National Insurance Manual

Home Responsibilities: what was HRP and who qualified for it: as a carer on Income Support

The Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994/704) (“the 1994 regulations”)

Under regulation 2(b) (i) and (ii) of the 1994 regulations, if a person was:

  • in receipt of Income Support, and
  • did not need to register for work because they were regularly and substantially caring for someone who was entitled to certain prescribed benefits (as set out in paragraphs 4 - 6 of Schedule 1B to the Income Support (General) Regulations 1987):

they were awarded HRP for each complete tax year. This was done automatically and the HRP counted towards their Additional (State Second) Pension (see regulation 6 of SI 2001/1323 and section 44A (2) (c) (ii) of the SSCBA 1992.)