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Universal Credit taking carers off us

donjidonji Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited February 2020 in Universal Credit
Hi the universal credit is one big sham so there can pocket more money and leave us without..we never got our carers allowance took off us before on the income support and the tax credit we are losing money witch every way you look at it its disgusting and it needs to be axed asap


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,472 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @donji and I'm sorry to hear this. May I ask what benefits you are receiving? Then we can break it down and try and find a solution :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    Although UC doesn't suit everyone and some will indeed be worse off but there are also some people that are better off on UC then the old legacy benefits.

    Your thoughts on the carers allowance on UC as apposed to Income support are not exactly correct here. Carers allowance was always deducted £1 for £1 from Income support in exactly the same way it's deducted from UC.

    With Income support you had the carers premium included in your Income support. With UC there's also a carers element of £160 per month providing the person that's caring isn't receiving the LCWRA element because the same person can't receive both elements together. If it's a joint claim then the person that isn't receiving the LCWRA element should claim the carers element, this way both elements will be included in the claim.

    As you have dependent children then you'll also need to make sure they are adding the child element to your claim. For the 1sr child this should be £277.08 and for any other children  it's £231.67

    If you have 2 or more children and they were born after April 2017 then you won't receive any extra money for those, this is the same rules that were in place for tax credits.

    If you have disabled children and they are claiming DLA/PIP then you'll also receive the disabled child element, whether it's the higher or lower limit will depend what award they are receiving.

    Other than that without knowing all of your details and what elements you are receiving it's impossible to advise you. You can of course put all your details into a benefits calculator to see if you're receiving the correct amount. Please be aware that it's only as accurate as the information you put into it.

    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.
  • AilsAils Member Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @donji and welcome to the Community.  It is nice to meet you.  I hope you have found @poppy123456 excellent information above to be of use to you.  If there is anything else we can help/support you with then please just ask.  All the best.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @donji, sorry to hear that, how are you doing today?
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