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Can I claim carers allowance and work 15 hours a week?

bluepeter27bluepeter27 Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi I am a 60yr old looking after my husband (61) who had multiple pulmonary embolisms and lung/heart problems.  We recently sold our house because he could not work anymore and I could not afford it on just my wages.  We bought a mobile home paid our debts and now live hand to mouth each month.  Husband unstable and needs more care so had to stop full time work and go part time but it is hard making ends meet.  He does receive PIP and NI related benefit.  I need to know if I can claim Carers Allowance if I work 15 hours a week?  

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  • bluepeter27bluepeter27 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    He does receive PIP and NI related benefit.  I need to know if I can claim Carers Allowance if I work 15 hours a week?  
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi bluepeter27,

    You may be able to claim carers allowance but your husband needs to be getting the daily living component of PIP.

    If he does then you need to be earning less than £110 per week from your job. If you earn more than this it might be worth thinking about reducing your hours so you earn under this. 

    If if you are awarded carers allowance you may be able to claim income support for both of you to top up your income.

    Please post back if you have any more questions.

    best wishes,

    Michael

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