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becoming a carer

SkyMary7SkyMary7 Member Posts: 59 Connected
edited July 2018 in Universal Credit
hi do you have to claim carers allowance when giving up work to become a carer. I claim universal credit and will i be expected to look for work if I am not not claiming carers allowance for being a carer thanks Sarah 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Why would you want to give up claiming Carers Allowance? As you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week, why stop claiming? If you did stop then you would be £156 per month worse off in your UC. Carers Allowance is deducted from UC BUT CA will pay you, so you won't lose out, as i already explained.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • SkyMary7SkyMary7 Member Posts: 59 Connected
    hi because im not sure if my dad will loose benefits if I claim carers allowance for him. thanks Sarah 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 2018
    SkyMary7 said:
    hi because im not sure if my dad will loose benefits if I claim carers allowance for him. thanks Sarah 
    This will depend on what he claims. I would advise you to ask him exactly what he does claim before starting a claim for CA. If he claims Severe Disability premium and you claim CA for him, then he will lose this £64.30 per week.

    If he lives alone then it's highly possible that he does claim it.

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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