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Benefits as a pensioner

kresotekresote Member Posts: 1 Listener
I am helping my husband with his personal needs and I don't know if I could get benefit. I am a pensioner.


  • mossycowmossycow Member Posts: 495 Pioneering
    edited January 2017
    Have you called Scope's help line?   It is  free,     

    0808 800 3333

    I found it really helpful. I called and explained, then a lady who was a benefits expert called me back and spent a good hour with me. 

    I;m no expert, but I know my Grandma when she was caring for my Grandad had lots of help from age uk. They helped her fill in forms, sort out respite and lots of good stuff. Can you get i touch with them too.

    "I'm trying to live like a random poem I read that ended 'to bloom where we are planted"

  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2017
    Do you mean carers allowance

    Carer's Allowance (CA) is a benefit payable to someone who cares for a disabled person. It's a benefit for people who regularly spend at least 35 hours per week caring for someone who receives a qualifying benefit such as:

    The carer must be over 16, not in full-time education and they must not earn more than £110 per week. Carers who are themselves disabled can claim. You can only get one award for Carer's Allowance even if you care for more than one person.

    We have an online benefits calculator that you could fill in and see what you could be entitled to.  Or you could speak to Age UK who may be able to help.
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  • RobsRobs Member Posts: 49 Courageous
    My son is my carer as you say, he receives £62.10 PW, but cannot earn more than an additional £110.00 pw meaning he is not allowed to earn more than £4.71 per hour. This is a national disgrace. How about a campaign for fair pay Scope?
  • RobsRobs Member Posts: 49 Courageous
    Oh byeheway I am now in receipt of PIP higher rate both components, l was not required to be interviewed and will not be contacted again by the SS before 2026. 
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    @Robs - there are two carer's allowance rates - the one that your son receives sounds like the lower rate.  You might want to ask in the 'Ask a benefits advisor carer' if your son might be eligible for the higher rate.
  • RobsRobs Member Posts: 49 Courageous
    Thanks Matilda actually I'm not 65 until July. Should l ring the DWP now or closer to the date. Do you know what the higher rate is?
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Robs.  Sorry, I'm not a benefits expert but if you ask in the 'Ask a benefits advisor' category on this site, a benefits advisor will reply in due course.
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