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Carers allowance

tambo65 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
This is something regarding carers allowance that the government don't tell you. If you claim carers allowance and your salary is paid weekly then the amount of money you are allowed to earn after tax, NIC and half of any pension contributions is £132 a week which equates to £528 a month. However what they don't tell you is if your salary is paid monthly, after tax, NIC and half of any pension contributions,  then the earnings limit is £572 per month.
A lot of people on monthly earnings will be getting caught out by this thinking the limit is £528. We were told this by the government department for carers allowance.


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,055 Disability Gamechanger
    tambo65 said:
     £132 a week which equates to £528 a month.

    No it doesn't. There's 4.3 weeks in a month and not just 4 weeks. When working out the monthly amount you times the weekly amount by 52 and then divide by 12.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • tambo65
    tambo65 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    I spoke to government carers allowance today and they told me exactly what I just posted. It used to be multiply by 12 and divide by 52 if you were paid monthly but that bo longer applies. It is calculated on your monthly wage after tax and NIC minus half of any pension contributions and the monthly limit is £572, that's from the horses mouth.
  • tambo65
    tambo65 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    The 4.3 weeks in a month is exactly why the monthly earnings limit is slightly higher at £562
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2023
    If you earn £572/month you receive 12 x £572 = £6,864/year.
    There are 52 weeks in a year so your weekly rate of pay is £6,864 / 52 = £132/week.

    £132/week = £572/month.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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