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duzzydoris
duzzydoris Community member Posts: 5 Listener
Hi all I'm new here, so hoping I'm on the right section, my  son made a claim for carers 16 wks and still hasn't heard anything, he called after 8 weeks and they told him he'd have to wait another 6 wks, how is this fair

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  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,180 Scope online community team
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    Heya @duzzydoris and welcome to the community. :)

    I'm sorry to hear your son has been kept waiting. Had they given any reason for the wait? 
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  • duzzydoris
    duzzydoris Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    No nothing, he's not claiming any other benifits, he's not earning, he's been out of work himself since December. 
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,180 Scope online community team
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    That's very curious.  What did they say other than to wait? Any reasoning behind it? 
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  • duzzydoris
    duzzydoris Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    No nothing, so unhelpful, frightened to call bk incase they say same thing
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,235 Disability Gamechanger
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    Has he used a benefits calculator to check entitlement to Universal Credit? He will be excluded if he has capital of more than £16,000. If he lives with a partner he will need to claim as a couple and their joint circumstances will be taken into consideration. 

    If the calculator shows entitlement he will need to make sure he reports being a carer and his UC will include the carers element. Once the carers allowance is awarded this will be deducted in full from any UC entitlement. 
    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.
  • duzzydoris
    duzzydoris Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    Hes not on universal credit and lives at home with me
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,235 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hes not on universal credit and lives at home with me
    Yes, I know because you said he's not claiming any benefits or isn't working. That's why I advised he use a benefits calculator to check entitlement. However, if he has no earnings and no partner there's no reason why he shouldn't qualify. He can claim online here. https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim

    As a carer he will have no work commitments. If he claims now then his first payment will be 1 month and 6 days later. He can ask for an advance payment but this will need to be repaid back and future payments will be reduced. 
    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.
  • duzzydoris
    duzzydoris Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    OK thankyou very much

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