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Benefits Advice ESA and Carers Allowance.

tammy1tammy1 Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi, my name is tammy1! and I need some help with my situation Please x
I claimed ESA after having a F2F assessment last October previous to this i was a community Carer.

I claimed ESA but could only get my Contributions paid. I then added my Partner to the claim -(who is on PIP enhanced care side & no mobility) he got ESA money for both of us. I have received an appointment to review benefits & circumstances as coming up to a year this month and my sick note runs out the day before the appointment. If I send no more in - my partner has mental health issues and ill health and currently claims ESA what happens with his and can I claim Carers allowance for him? The claim is in my name at mo also what happens at the review? Thanks x


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    As it is your ESA claim then your partner is added to your claim and you're claiming as a couple and the money for both of you. Your partner doesn't need to send in sick notes because he's added to your claim.

    Which group are you in WRAG or Support Group? If you're not in a group then you'll need to continue to send in the fit/suck notes until a decision's been made after the assessment. The appointment that you have coming up sounds like its a work capability assessment and they will be assessing your fitness to do any type of work. You should answer those questions with as much detail as possible and avoid answering with just a yes or no.

    Yes claiming Carers allowance is possible for your partner, if you care for him for at least 35 hours per week. However, problems can occur if you claim carers allowance for looking after him, if the care you do contradicts the reasons you claim ESA. For example, if your partner needs help with physical conditions and you're claiming ESA for the same thing then problems can occur because they can say that if you can care for your partner for at least 35 hours per week then you're fit for work.
    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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