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Can I claim Carers Allowance whilst signed off work?

julienannyjulienanny Member Posts: 1 Listener
I claim (esa)for myself and my hubby(work related activity group) and I am currently in receipt of Carers allowance for My hubby who receives (pip) mid rate daily living rate and higher rate mobility, my query is If I was to become ill could I still claim carers allowance for him if I was signed off by the doctor(not in the work related group anymore) I’d still be caring for him. I ask this because I am having a small operation soon which will make me not eligible for work.thanks


  • JennysDadJennysDad Member Posts: 2,308 Pioneering
    Hello @julienanny and a warm welcome to the community. It is good to have you with us.
    I'm not any kind of authority on benefits, so I can't answer your question directly, but we have a number of people here who DO know their stuff :smile: and they will be in touch with you shortly.
    Warmest best wishes to you,
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi julienanny and welcome

    To receive carers allowance you must be able to give 35 hours per week care to qualify

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,006 Disability Gamechanger
    I’m a little confused. If you’re having surgery why would you need to come off ESA?

    In terms of claiming CA whilst you’re hospitalised/recovering there’s no issue with CA as small breaks in care are permissable of up to 4 weeks in any 26 week period.
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