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idk124
idk124 Community member Posts: 29 Listener
hii!! my husband gets LCWRA can i claim carers element for him as i’m his carer and i claim carers allowance? (we’re in the same claim) 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,195 Disability Gamechanger
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    Your husband will need to be claiming a disability benefit such as PIP daily living or DLA mid/high rate care for you to be able to claim carers element or carers allowance.
    If you claim carers allowance it will just be deducted in full from any UC entitlement. There’s also a maximum earnings limit for carers allowance of £139/week. 
    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.
  • idk124
    idk124 Community member Posts: 29 Listener
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    he claims pip he has the standard daily living and standard mobility so he can claim carer element and allowance. my concern is if i’m allowed to claim carer element for him if he gets lcwra because i’ve seen posts on the internet saying you can’t x
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,195 Disability Gamechanger
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    He can't claim carers element for himself. You can claim it for looking after him. The rules you seen regarding the LCWRA and carers element mean that the same person can't receive both elements at the same time. This isn't the case for either of you because he claims LCWRA element not you.
    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.
  • idk124
    idk124 Community member Posts: 29 Listener
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    oh ok!! thank you 
  • idk124
    idk124 Community member Posts: 29 Listener
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    sorry again just want to be sure, will carer element affect my UC? will they deduct it just like carer allowance? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,195 Disability Gamechanger
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    No, carers element isn't deducted from UC, it will be included and increase your maximum entitlement by £185.86/month.
    How long have you been claiming carers allowance?
    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.
  • idk124
    idk124 Community member Posts: 29 Listener
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    not claiming carers allowance yet, my husband just got his pip increased this week, wanted to make sure before making claims x 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,195 Disability Gamechanger
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    Just so that you're aware you do not need to claim carers allowance to be entitled to carers element. There's no financial gain to claiming both carers allowance and UC at the same time. (unless you live in Scotland)
    To claim carers element you'll need to report a change of circumstances. Then click "caring for someone" and tell them you care for your husband for at least 35 hours per week.
    If his PIP was increased, wasn't he claiming daily living PIP previously? Any daily living PIP award will qualify you for the above.
    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.
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