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Attendance Allowance

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Kate56
Kate56 Community member Posts: 33 Connected
How long does it take to get a decision about AA please?

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,958 Disability Gamechanger
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    Up to about 12 weeks, sometimes longer.
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  • Kate56
    Kate56 Community member Posts: 33 Connected
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    I have been awarded Attendance Allowance I would like to know what day of the week this is paid please
  • ShirleyW
    ShirleyW Community member Posts: 355 Pioneering
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    Kate56 said:
    I have been awarded Attendance Allowance I would like to know what day of the week this is paid please
    The letter informing you should say what day of the week you get it.  Mine is on a Friday, the same day as my State Pension, every 4 weeks.
  • Kate56
    Kate56 Community member Posts: 33 Connected
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    My son has applied for Carers Allowance will I lose any Attendance Allowance if he is successful with his claim.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,958 Disability Gamechanger
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    No, you won't lose your AA. However, if you currently live alone or treated as living alone then you maybe entitled to Severe disability Premium which may entitle you to Pension credit, or increase any pension credit you may already be claiming. If your son claims carers allowance for looking after you then you can't claim the SDP.
    If you don't live alone then your son will need to make sure they don't earn more than £139/week while claiming carers allowance. https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility
    Is your son claiming any other benefits? if so which ones?

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  • Kate56
    Kate56 Community member Posts: 33 Connected
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    My son gets universal credit and he lives with me
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,958 Disability Gamechanger
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    Carers allowance will just be deducted in full from any UC entitlement.
    He also needs to make sure he reports a change of circumstances on his journal and reports caring for you for at least 35 hours per week. His UC will then include carers element and will increase his maximum UC entitlement by £185.86/month.
    The above advice is assuming he's not claiming the LCWRA element of UC for himself. If he does then he can't claim carers element at the same time.
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  • Kate56
    Kate56 Community member Posts: 33 Connected
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    Sorry I don't understand he receives £334 uc and from what i read carers allowance is approx £76 a week which in turn is 4 x 76 deducted from £334 uc. So from what i understand he will have £304 deducted from £334 which is £30 then you say that he will receive carers element of £185 which brings the total to £215 which is over £100 less than he receives at the moment on uc??? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,958 Disability Gamechanger
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    Carers Allowance is £76.75/week. The amount they deduct from UC is £332/month. This is because UC is a monthly benefit and there's more than 4 weeks in a month. To work out the monthly deduction you times the £76.75 by 52 and then divide by 12. Which then gives £332.

    Carers allowance then pay him separately, which can either be weekly or 4 weekly. If weekly, there will be 4 months a year when he'll receive 5 payments. If 4 weekly there will be 1 month a year where he'll receive 2 payments.

    Carers element will then be added to his UC but he needs to claim this as i advised in a my previous comment.

    When he claims it his UC will be standard allowance £368.74 + carers element £185.86/month. Total before deductions = £554.60/month - carers allowance £332. Total UC after deductions is £226.60/month.
    Plus the carers allowance as a separate payment.
    Whether he claims carers allowance or not, his total benefits entitlement will remain the same. He doesn't need to claim carers allowance to be entitled to carers element.
    *please note the figures quoted are the new April increase amounts* Those amounts do not apply to UC payments until at least 16th May for some but as late as June payment for others.
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  • Kate56
    Kate56 Community member Posts: 33 Connected
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    I receive attendance allowance I would like to know if I am entitled to free prescription glassss I understand I am entitled to a free eye test being over 60.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,958 Disability Gamechanger
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    No, AA doesn't automatically entitle you to a NHS optical voucher. If you're claiming Pension Credit then you'll be entitled. Otherwise you can look at applying for the NHS low income scheme.


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  • Kate56
    Kate56 Community member Posts: 33 Connected
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    My son receives UC and has had a successful claim for Carers Allowance to care for myself does this now mean he isn't entitled to cost of living payment?
    I am a bit lost in this world of benefit entitlements and am grateful that this forum is here Thank you for all invaluable information its very much appreciated, I still have so many questions to ask
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,958 Disability Gamechanger
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    He’ll still be entitled to the cost of living payment of £301 if he was entitled to a payment of UC for an assessment period that ended between 26th Jan and 25th Feb.

    The carers allowance will just be deducted in full from his UC entitlement. So there’s no financial gain to claiming it. He also needs to make sure he reports a change of circumstances on his journal and reports caring for you. His UC will then include the carers element. 

    His overall benefits entitlement will increase by £185.86/month. 

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