Hi, my name is trueblue1975! The last 4 years I have been getting carers allowance for my wife — Scope | Disability forum
New to the community? Remember to read our community guidelines and our community house rules.
Concerned about another member's safety or wellbeing? Find out how to let us know.

Hi, my name is trueblue1975! The last 4 years I have been getting carers allowance for my wife

trueblue1975
trueblue1975 Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi for
 the past 4 years I have been getting carers allowance for my wife we are both eligible for the severe disability premium I understand my wife looses her entitlement but they also deduct the carers allowance from our esa award making us worse off is this right?

Comments

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,694 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 11
    Hi,
    When claiming Carers Allowance as well as your ESA you're not worse off, even though it's deducted in full from your ESA. You're actually £37.70 per week better off because they add the carers premium to your ESA.
    Whether you're both entitled to the SDP will depend on your circumstances. You must both be either claiming a qualifying disability benefit such as PIP daily living or DLA mid/high rate care or be registered blind. You must also not live with any other adults, unless they also claim a qualifying disability benefit. The Couples SDP is currently £134.60 per week (single person £67.30 per week) https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/severe-disability-premium
    Also do be aware that the ESA will only pay NI credits to the person named on the claim, the partner does not receive the NI credits towards their state pension. Carers Allowance pays class 1 NI credits, which of course are very helpful for the future.

  • trueblue1975
    trueblue1975 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi thanks for the response we both receive pip care component and my wife and are eligible for the couples rate but as I get carers allowance my wife looses her half so minus £67.30 then they deduct the carers allowance from the esa so  minus £67.60 yes we get the £37.70 premium but still leaves a short fall of £29.60 per week 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,694 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes you are worse off each week by doing it this way but as i advised, the carers allowance does pay the NI credits which are useful for yourself,  especially if your wife is the main claimant of the ESA claim.
  • trueblue1975
    trueblue1975 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thanks again for the response 

Brightness

Do you need advice on your energy costs?


Scope’s Disability Energy Support service is open to any disabled household in England or Wales in which one or more disabled people live. You can get free advice from an expert adviser on managing energy debt, switching tariffs, contacting your supplier and more. Find out more information by visiting our
Disability Energy Support webpage.

Fancy a chat in our virtual coffee lounge?

Put the kettle on and have a chat in our coffee lounge with other members. We talk about hobbies, games and anything else you can think of!

Cerebral Palsy (CP) Online Cafe

Here's a new opportunity for people with CP or a similar disability (aged 20+) to get together and chat. The sessions are in partnership with CP Sport so you can find out more and meet people from both organisations.

Are you struggling?

Read our 'Coping with stress, low mood and isolation' support thread for a run-down of ideas on how to banish those blues and feel happier.

What do you think about the community?

Complete our feedback form and tell us how we can make the community a better space for you.

Information about COVID-19

If you have questions about the virus, please read our information and support which includes guidance on benefits, getting food and essentials and Cerebral Palsy.

Back to school this September?

Read tips on how to settle back in and handle any worries you or your children might be having this new term.