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I have recently claimed UC and get the carer element

Alison4498Alison4498 Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited January 16 in Universal Credit
I have recently claimed UC and get the carer element. What I was wondering was if the carers element was reduced in the same way as the single persons allowance if I worked part time, ie by 63p in every £1,or do I retain the carers element? Thanks

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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,229

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  • Alison4498Alison4498 Member Posts: 5 Listener
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    If you don't have the work allowance then your earnings will reduce the whole of your UC by 63% and this will include the carers element.

    You will only have the work allowance if you have dependant children on your claim or you've been assessed as having limited capability for work.

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  • Alison4498Alison4498 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thank you for clarifying. 
    The people on the helpline don't seem too sure 🤦‍♀️

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome. If you mean the UC helpline then i'm not surprised because they are not trained to give advice such as this and they just read from a screen. They definitely aren't the best place to go for any benefit advice.
    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.
  • Alison4498Alison4498 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Slowly figuring that out. Haven't claimed anything before, all a bit of a minefield.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, benefits are never easy to understand. UC being the worst one of all. The more earnings you receive during your assessment period, the less UC you will receive.
    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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