Carer's allowance
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How long can it take from start to finish to get a decision for Carer's Allowance?

tanya2595tanya2595 Member Posts: 62 Courageous
edited June 14 in Carer's allowance
Hi so my partner put a claim in for carers allowance on the 26th may. Does anyone know how long it can take from start to finish to have a decision from them please? 

Also as we are on UC he’s going to put a claim in for the carers element does he just phone UC up to do that? 

Thank you 

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  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,217 Pioneering
    For UC he needs to report a change of circumstances in his UC journal to tell them he now cares for someone.

    Note that the Carer’s Allowance will be deducted from UC.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • tanya2595tanya2595 Member Posts: 62 Courageous
    He did that 1 week ago and had no reply. He’s going to phone them tomorrow instead. 

    Yes I know it will be taken pound for pound but with the carers element added on (when it’s sorted) and my benefit cap now been removed it still puts us better off each month

    thank you 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,217 Pioneering
    edited June 13
    You don’t actually have to claim Carer’s Allowance to get the carer element in UC but can be worth claiming for the Class 1 NI credits (only get Class 3 on UC). If your partner does any work he must bearin mind the earnings limit of £128/week for CA, there is no earnings limit for the carer element of UC.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • tanya2595tanya2595 Member Posts: 62 Courageous
    My partner doesn’t work he cares for me 24/7 so we get joint UC and then I get PIP. 

    Yeah the NI credits are better on CA but I thinking having that money weekly will help out even though it gets paid back pound for pound. 

    My partner is going to ring UC tomorrow and talk to them about carers element as hasn’t heard back from journal. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,201 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    Hope you found the info helpful 

    It will take a while for uc to action the claim.  Yes you can call big I would give it a while longer for them to process the claim 
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