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Now I've stopped claiming Carers Allowance, will I get the £291 back from UC each month?

Paulyd
Paulyd Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited January 2021 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi guys, 
I'm new here so hopefully iv posted in the right place, I'm wondering if anyone can help me, I'm claiming universal credit and I was claiming carers allowence too, iv recently had to stop caring as my own health has deteriorated, universal credit were deducing me £291 per month as I was getting carers and I'm wondering now as iv stopped claiming carers will I get that £291 back from universal credit each month, thank you in advance

Paul 

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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,095 Disability Gamechanger
    @Paulyd hi and welcome to scope hope you are ok today? just to clarify was it £291 or £191 ?
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  • Paulyd
    Paulyd Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi woodbine, thank you ?, sorry it was £291 per month. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 13,342 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome you need to put a change of circumstances on your journal to notify UC you are no longer claiming the carers element 

    May also be worth giving them a call 
  • Paulyd
    Paulyd Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi janer1967, iv put the note into my journey to say I'm not claiming carers anymore, they replied to say it's been received but I think that's been automated 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 13,342 Disability Gamechanger
    Ok as advised may be worth giving them a call just to be on safe side to make sure your payments are correct 

    You can also check your statement online b4 your pay date to make sure it is correct 
  • Paulyd
    Paulyd Member Posts: 6 Listener
    I'm going to give them a call tomorrow, thank you for your help, I appreciate it 
  • davegregson40
    davegregson40 Member Posts: 81 Pioneering
    It's always worth checking with both the UNiversal cRedit and maybe carers allowance advice line because it's not always easy how it's calculated. It may be an idea with regards to benefit entitlement to contact your local councils Welfare Rights adviser, I found them very helpful
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,742

    Scope community team

    Hello @Paulyd

    Welcome to the community, thanks for joining us. 

    I hope the above advice and information has been helpful for you.
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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,363

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    Hi @Paulyd. I just wanted to add to the advice above: It's worth getting in touch with Carer's Allowance to ensure they've closed your claim completely and not just suspended it. Often when they cancel a claim they suspend it, which doesn't show to UC meaning UC continue to take deductions. 

    Once your claim for CA is closed you should stop receiving the deductions of £291 a month to your UC claim. 
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  • Paulyd
    Paulyd Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi Adrian, I phoned carers allowence and they told me they have closed the claim, I put a note in my journal on uc to say this has stopped but there's been to reply to my journal entry, I imagine they are very busy with the current covid situation, I want to thank everyone for your help and information it's much appreciated ?
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,363

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    Glad to hear they've closed it for you @Paulyd. Keep an eye on your next statement from UC, I imagine there may be some overlap so it could be a partial deduction this month.
    Let us know how you get on. :)
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,798 Disability Gamechanger
    If you have stopped being a carer you lose the carer element in the UC claim. This reduces your maximum entitlement by £162.92/month. There will no longer be a deduction of £291.41 for the CA that you were receiving. The net affect, assuming everything else is unchanged, is an increase in UC of £128.49/month.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Paulyd
    Paulyd Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thank you @calcotti, I'm a little unsure of what you mean tho, am I right in saying that the deduction of £291.41 from uc stops and I receive that with my allowance or do you mean I get £128.49 per month more, sorry if I'm wrong 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,798 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2021
    Both. The deduction of £291.41 stops but the increase in the UC you receive is only £128.49 (because the maximum amount possible has reduced because the carer element has been removed).
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.

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