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Hi, my name is saam!

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saam
saam Community member Posts: 3 Listener
I just wanna know if somebody is waiting for LWCA decision and claim carer allowance of caring disabled person in family.can he /she claim both 

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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,103 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @saam - & welcome to the community. Yes, you can claim both Universal Credit & carers allowance, but you won't be any better off financially as the carers allowance is deducted in full, unfortunately (you would get class 1 National Insurance credits with carers allowance rather than the class 3 you get with Universal Credit).


  • saam
    saam Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    But she/He waiting for LWCA from may .
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,103 Disability Gamechanger
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    Do you mean they are still waiting for a Work Capability Assessment (WCA) or waiting for a decision after a WCA?
  • saam
    saam Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Waiting for decision after assessment  for himself/herself but start caring family member who’s on disability.what is good for him/her.please need guidance 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,103 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thank you for your reply. They can claim carers allowance at the same time as getting Universal Credit, but the money they get with carers allowance is taken away from the money they get from Universal Credit.
    Have they reported starting caring for someone on their journal? They can then claim what is called the Carer element if they are looking after a disabled person for 35 hours a week or more. This is £185.86 each month. The disabled person has to have one of certain disability benefits. This explains: https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/caring-overview-universal-credit
    If it is a disabled child they are looking after, there is extra money with Universal Credit that you can get.
    Sorry, some benefits are complicated.
    Also if they are found to have LCWRA (Limited Capability for Work and work-related activity) then they would not be able to get the carer element at the same time. LCWRA pays more, so that is paid instead.

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