The amount people can earn to qualify for the Carer's Allowance is being increased.

The weekly threshold for a single person has increased by 17-euro-50 to 350 euro a week, while couples can now earn 750 a week - up 85 euro.

The Minister for Social Protection is encouraging people to reapply for the payment as the amount of savings people can have has also been increased from 20 to 50 thousand euro.

Minister Heather Humphreys, says these changes recognise the important work of carers

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