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Carers allowance and carers element uc

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bobby123
bobby123 Community member Posts: 188 Courageous
Is it best to claim for both carers allowance and carers element for UC if you can, I know both get adjusted so you only get one overall amount but is it best to get both

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,146 Disability Gamechanger
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    I don’t know what you mean by “both get adjusted”

    The carers allowance is deducted in full from any UC entitlement so there’s no financial gain to claiming it. The amount deducted from UC is £332.58/month. 

    Though there are some advantages and disadvantages. You will receive class 1 NI credits and you can receive your payments weekly (or 4 weekly) some find the weekly payments help them budget a little easier because UC is monthly. There’s a weekly earnings limit of £139/week so if you work (some do) then you need to be careful of this. 

    You don’t need to claim CA to be entitled to carers element. It increases your maximum UC entitlement by £185.86/month. 

    Carers element can be claimed providing you’re not claiming the LCWRA yourself because both can’t be claimed at the same time by the same person. 


    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.
  • bobby123
    bobby123 Community member Posts: 188 Courageous
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