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Universal credit/Child element when child turns 18

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Mushroompower
Mushroompower Community member Posts: 4 Listener
edited March 12 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi. My child is 17 & currently recieving PIP. I am their carer & I recieve carers allowance & disabled child element aswell as the child element with universal credit. I would like to know what I lose when my child turns 18 years of age next year. We are unsure if they are able to goto university at this stage, I am unsure if they would cope in this situation but i just wondered where we stood with universal credit. I presume we lose the child element & the disabled child element of universal credit? Does that mean also carers? (Obviously if they go to university, I realise I would no longer be their carer as such) its all a but confusing on the gov website & universal credit havnt been that helpful either! 
Many Thanks

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,133 Disability Gamechanger
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    The child and disabled child element will continue if they remain in full time non advanced education up until the September after their 19th birthday.

    If they go to Uni then those elements will stop because they will no longer be treated as a qualifying young person. 

    The carers allowance and carers element will continue but there could be issues if they are living away at Uni, rather than at home or closer to home. 
    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.
  • Mushroompower
    Mushroompower Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,081 Scope online community team
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    Heya @Mushroompower and welcome to the community. How're you today?

    I can see Poppy has already swooped in to answer your questions, but I just wanted to stop in and say hello. :)
    Albus (he/him)

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  • Mushroompower
    Mushroompower Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Can I just ask on back of previous question.. what non advanced education means? Does this mean Alevels? Or a diploma type of study? 
    Thankyou in advance
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,133 Disability Gamechanger
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    Examples of full-time courses of non-advanced education

    Non-advanced education is any qualification up to A Level, or equivalent. Full-time courses include:

    • National Qualification Framework level 3 or the Scottish Qualification framework level 6
    • General Certificate of Education Advanced level (A Level)
    • AS Level
    • Advanced Diploma
    • National Diploma, Certificate or Award
    • Level 3 NVQ, Award, Certificate or Diploma

    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.
  • Mushroompower
    Mushroompower Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    That is really helpful. Thankyou. I didn't know this forum existed til now & can see how helpful this will be in the future. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,133 Disability Gamechanger
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    You're very welcome! 
    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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