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Sdp on esa

carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
edited October 2020 in Carer's allowance

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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,033

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome @carolineb69 If you can give us some information then someone will be able to advise you.
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  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Hi.sorry about that i posted then edited and it was a blank page 
    Me and my husband both claim carers for each other.but was advised to stop claiming that and claim sdp on our esa . I dont really understand and dont want to mess things up
    Thank you
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    I'm assuming you're claiming Income Related ESA as a couple, is that correct?

    Do you have any other adults living with you? If you do, do they also claim a qualifying benefit such as PIP daily living, DLA mid/high rate care or attendance allowance?
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  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Hi
    Yes its income related esa and no one else lives with us 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Then yes, you'll be eligible for the couples SDP which is £133.90 per week extra in your ESA.

    Although, do be aware that NI credits is only paid to 1 person when claiming the ESA as a couple. Who receives it will depend on who's the main claimant of the ESA, so if it's yourself then you will receive them and your husband won't. At the moment with the carers allowance claim it pays class 1 NI credits for state pension for each of you because you're both claiming it individually.

    If you still want to go ahead with the SDP claim then you'll both need to cancel the carers allowance claim before you can claim the SDP.
    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.
  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Hi
    Thank you for your quick reply . my husband is just going throùgh his review for pip  . If he keeps his award i will do as you said.
    Thanks for your help
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're very welcome. Good luck with the PIP review.
    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.
  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Thank you 
    He had his phone assement couple days ago .so hopefully wont be too long 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Once the report has been returned to DWP he can ring them to request a copy to be sent to him, providing you live in the UK. This will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be because they mostly go with the report.

    Regarding the NI credits advice i gave above. It will be worth looking at both of your state pension forecasts to see how many more years you need. You can check online here https://www.gov.uk/check-state-pension

    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.
  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Thank you i will defo look into the state pension before i decide what to do .and thanks i will tell him to ring for a copy of the report in coulpe weeks 
  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Hi again .my husband has claimed income related esa since having to stop working due to illness . And he has always claimed for me does this mean i will have had no NI credits for that time .up unitl us both claiming carers about a year ago .
    Its so confusing 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi again .my husband has claimed income related esa since having to stop working due to illness . And he has always claimed for me does this mean i will have had no NI credits for that time .up unitl us both claiming carers about a year ago .
    Its so confusing 

    Claiming ESA as couple only pays the main claimants NI credits, it doesn't pay the partner as well. So unfortunately, you're correct, your NI credits wouldn't have been paid until you started claiming the carers allowance.

    If you need NI credits for your state pension you can continue claiming the carers allowance for looking after your partner so that you get the credits for yourself. Your partner can cancel their carers allowance claim for looking after you and you can claim the SDP for just yourself (single person) £66.95 per week. This will still make you better off financially then you are now. Just not quite as much as you would be if you claimed the couples SDP but at least your NI credits will continue to be paid with the carers allowance.

    Hope this helps.
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  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Ohh thank you so much for that info.
    so i will tell him to stop carers claim  for me and claim the sdp.
    and i will carry on claiming carers and getting NI credits 
    I will do this if he keeps his award 
    Thanks again Poppy you have been very helpful
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    yes perfect, that way you will still receive the NI credits. Before doing this though please have a state pension forecast for yourself to see how many more years you need for full state pension.
    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.
  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Yes i will do that .i know my husbands will be ok as he has always worked up until last few years been on esa .
    Thanks again
  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Hi Poppy
     i did the pension forecast .
    It says i have £143 now as it is .and to get full wich is £175 i need to pay another 7 years before 2036
    Its says i also have a cope addition of 3 per week on top .
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I have no idea what a cope addition is sorry. Whether you choose to continue with the carers allowance or stop it and claim the SDP if your partner PIP review is successful is entirely your decision.
    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.
  • carolineb69carolineb69 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    edited October 2020
    Cope
     its a contracted out to personal pension from what i read .i think i will carry on with the carers to make sure i get my NI credits 
    Thank you
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome. Ah yes, a lot of people cont5racted out many years ago. I think it's a wise decision to carry on with your carers allowance for the NI credits.
    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.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,764 Disability Gamechanger
    would class 3 carers credits apply in this case?
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    woodbine said:
    would class 3 carers credits apply in this case?

    Potentially that could cause problems because they could say that they are claiming the credits because of the SDP and you can't have both. Usually those that don't qualify for carers allowance can claim the carers credits but Caroline does qualify for carers allowance. https://www.gov.uk/carers-credit/eligibility

    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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