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becoming a carer

SkyMary7
SkyMary7 Member Posts: 55 Connected
edited July 2018 in Universal Credit (UC)
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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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,435 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.
  • SkyMary7
    SkyMary7 Member Posts: 55 Connected
    hi because im not sure if my dad will loose benefits if I claim carers allowance for him. thanks Sarah 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,435 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.

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