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Carers Allowance has been removed from my UC

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  • dpmw
    dpmw Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi, 

    I claim Carers Allowance, last month I've been moved on to UC, I got my first payment of UC today to the total of £0.00! I've phoned them up telling them that surely there is something not right here, they have taken back -£286.65 and the rest is for the advance payment I had from last month from when I started the claim, leaving me with £0 payment! 

    I'm not sure what the Carers Element is? If I can get the Element added will I at least get something at my next payment? 

    I'm currently only getting the £66/pw CA.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,893 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    You need to put a note on your journal asking for the carers element to be added to your payments.
  • dpmw
    dpmw Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi,

    You need to put a note on your journal asking for the carers element to be added to your payments.
    Thanks, I've just added a note, any idea how quickly they will respond to the notes? My next payment isn't due for some weeks, I am hoping they can correct by then.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,893 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 2019
    They may not respond as often happens with UC, if they don't in 2 days then you need to ring them to ask for it to be added.

    When you first claimed UC did you report your caring responsibilities?
  • dpmw
    dpmw Member Posts: 6 Listener
    They may not respond as often happens with UC, if they don't in 2 days then you need to ring them to ask for it to be added.

    When you first claimed UC did you report your caring responsibilities?
    Hi, When I started the claim I did say I was a carer, and when I was called into the Jobcentre I explained to them in person about it. I also made 4 calls this morning about my payment of £0, and not one person on said about the element. 
  • Hart86
    Hart86 Member Posts: 393 Pioneering
    How much is being deducted for your advance? You can ask for this to be deferred for a maximum of 6 months (they’ll usually only do it for 3 though) but you can only ask for it to be deferred ONCE, so keep that in mind!

    Carer’s Element should appear separately on your claim below your standard allowance and any housing. It’s £160. If it isn’t there be really specific when you ask about it in the journal. 
    Do you have anything else on your claim at all? 
  • dpmw
    dpmw Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi, I was paying back the advance payment at £30 a month (I got £318), I got it deferred this morning to make way for another advance payment of £80, once I pay this one back, the older advance will start being deducted.

    I am on the standard allowance claim, I am hoping the Element does appear now that I've made a note of it. If it doesn't I'll be calling them again in a few days. 
  • Hart86
    Hart86 Member Posts: 393 Pioneering
    That all sounds right then other than the missing carer element.👍👍
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,102

    Scope community team

    Hi @dpmw and welcome to the community. 

    I hope Universal Credit are able to sort the carer element for you quickly. Please keep us updated! :)
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  • dpmw
    dpmw Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi @dpmw and welcome to the community. 

    I hope Universal Credit are able to sort the carer element for you quickly. Please keep us updated! :)
    Hi, I called today and the element has been added, my case manager is looking into the 1 month backdated money that I've missed out on, I should that outcome on Monday. 
  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,628 Pioneering
    dpmw,

    Good! If you don't get the backdated money then ask for a mandatory reconsideration of the refusal to backdate. I can't see how they can refuse you backdating legally - it is surely an official error not to include the carer element, as not only had you told them several times but they were deducting CA....

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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,102

    Scope community team

    Great news that it's been added on @dpmw. As Will said, it should be backdated and if it isn't, you have a case for mandatory reconsideration. Let us know how you get on. :)
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  • dpmw
    dpmw Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Great news that it's been added on @dpmw. As Will said, it should be backdated and if it isn't, you have a case for mandatory reconsideration. Let us know how you get on. :)
    All backdated today. I really thought it would drag on for months, but it's all been sorted and paid. 
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,102

    Scope community team

    Awesome! I'm really pleased for you @dpmw. :)
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