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Britvian
Britvian Community member Posts: 1 Connected
Hello everyone, I am in a very dire situation and it is very long-winded, please forgive me. Slightly before the pandemic, it was recommended for me to be my mum's carer, as she was getting older and her mobility wasn't what it used to be and all I had was the carer's allowance and universal credit. Then, the pandemic hit and 2020, like it was for many of us, was horrible. But in my family's case, I will give you a short rundown. My parent's and I were in a fire, which was started by someone who was trying to make marijuana, we were homeless and had to stay with my brother in law and my sister for a couple of days, and this was within the first couple of days of the first wave and to top it all off my sister was pregnant with my now nephew, who is healthy and fine. 

My parent's and I managed to find a place to live for 7 and a half months, which was due to again the pandemic and works that were being done on our home. Then, my dad became unwell with a minor issue with his only kidney the day before Christmas eve, then....there's more.....my mum became unwell with covid the day after new year's day and gratefully they both ended up being fine. Unfortunately, due to my dad's physical and mental health, he is now in a care home, where his health is now declining. Not because of covid, but with other things that even us as a family never really mentioned to us, cause he thought he would be too much of a burden on us. 

Due to my own life, I had decided to go to university and I had studied on a previous course before, I gratefully was accepted into university. But, I knew at the same time, that I would lose the carer's allowance. But, due to what we had all been through as a family. My mum was very much the person, that wanted me to go. Because if something happened to her, what would happen to me. So I followed the procedure with the forms and everything and as expected, I lost not only universal but the carer's allowance also.

When I got a reply back from DWP, they sent me a form for the carer's credit and I do have several questions. When I accepted my place at uni, I had disclosed that I am dyslexic and dyspraxic and so they told me to go for the DSA, I was accepted and still waiting for an assessment appointment. Now, I have no money, I am not living in halls as I am still looking after my mum and he health is not the best, so would this carer's credit be stopped if I was on DSA or is there any other reason why I could be stopped because I did mention to them that I was in university and in full-time education, so I was sent these forms for a reason. I would be more than willing to chat about this, as I am dyslexic and dyspraxic and I have been asking everyone and anyone, who could. Even the people who manage the carer's allowance didn't know and I am in urgent need of help. If anyone can help me it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and patience.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,151 Disability Gamechanger
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    Being a student doesn't stop you claiming carers credits, you just need to be caring for your mum for at least 20 hours per week. Just so that you're aware for carers credits, you won't receive any money, it will be NI credits towards your state pension only. See link for information. https://www.gov.uk/carers-credit/eligibility
    As you're a student have you looked at student finance? See link. https://www.gov.uk/student-finance



    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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