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Hi, I get ESA support group. If my child is awarded DLA can I claim carers?

jo_chloejo_chloe Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi can anyone help. I get esa for myself and my child has just been awarded dla can I claim carers and does it not effect my esa. Thanks
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,043 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    Im no expert on esa but I think if the person you care for gets dla then you can claim carers allowance 

    Other members will be able to help you 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,077 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @jo_chloe - & welcome to the community. Is your ESA the New style ESA or contribution based?
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,132 Pioneering
    Key question is what type of ESA you get. Is it new style ESA or the old ESA (which could be contribution based or income based or a mix of both contribution based and income based).
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • jo_chloejo_chloe Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi think it's the old one I've been on it for 7 years. 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,132 Pioneering
    jo_chloe said:
    Hi think it's the old one I've been on it for 7 years. 
    Do you know if it is all income based or contribution based or a mix of contribution based and income based?
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • jo_chloejo_chloe Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Think it's income related base
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,132 Pioneering
    You can claim Carer’s Allowance if your child gets at least mid rate care component of DLA. Once awarded your ESA will include an extra amount called a carer premium. CA will be paid separately and will be deducted from the ESA. Your total ESA payment will then be less than your existing but taking the CA and ESA together you will be better off by £37.70/week.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • jo_chloejo_chloe Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Great thank you 
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