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Hi, I'm paddy67! My wife and I are both in receipt of PIP, and care for each other. Can we claim CA?

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paddy67
paddy67 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi guys,this is my first experience of your forum, thanks in advance for any advice ! My wife and I are both in receipt of PIP and effectively care for each other, are we entitled to clame Carers Allowance for each other ?

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  • Siwheels73
    Siwheels73 Scope Member Posts: 748 Pioneering
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    @paddy67 I would be very interested to know, too. Sounds like a similar situation to us.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,229 Disability Gamechanger
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    What other benefits, if any do you claim exactly?
    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.
  • shellbell20
    shellbell20 Community member Posts: 260 Pioneering
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    paddy67 said:
    Hi guys,this is my first experience of your forum, thanks in advance for any advice ! My wife and I are both in receipt of PIP and effectively care for each other, are we entitled to clame Carers Allowance for each other ?

    I know of a married couple that did that, but he died last year, so it seems that you can.
  • shellbell20
    shellbell20 Community member Posts: 260 Pioneering
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    paddy67 said:
    Hi guys,this is my first experience of your forum, thanks in advance for any advice ! My wife and I are both in receipt of PIP and effectively care for each other, are we entitled to clame Carers Allowance for each other ?

    Can a husband and wife both claim Carers Allowance?
    The person you care for can be anyone, including a relative. It can be paid to more than one person in a household, such as a couple caring for each other. To claim the Carer's Element of Universal Credit the eligibility rules are the same as for Carer's Allowance, but there is no earnings limit involved.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,229 Disability Gamechanger
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    paddy67 said:
    Hi guys,this is my first experience of your forum, thanks in advance for any advice ! My wife and I are both in receipt of PIP and effectively care for each other, are we entitled to clame Carers Allowance for each other ?

    Can a husband and wife both claim Carers Allowance?


    Yes of course they can but it will also depend on their circumstances, such as what other benefits (if any) they may already be claiming. If they're claiming any of the old legacy benefits or pension credit then they maybe entitled to the Severe Disability Premium couples rate, which will give them more money than carers allowance. However, this will depend on their circumstances and whether any other adults live with them.
    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.
  • shellbell20
    shellbell20 Community member Posts: 260 Pioneering
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    paddy67 said:
    Hi guys,this is my first experience of your forum, thanks in advance for any advice ! My wife and I are both in receipt of PIP and effectively care for each other, are we entitled to clame Carers Allowance for each other ?

    Can a husband and wife both claim Carers Allowance?


    Yes of course they can but it will also depend on their circumstances, such as what other benefits (if any) they may already be claiming. If they're claiming any of the old legacy benefits or pension credit then they maybe entitled to the Severe Disability Premium couples rate, which will give them more money than carers allowance. However, this will depend on their circumstances and whether any other adults live with them.
    Its a bit of a minefield with the old and new benefits with pip, severe disability premium, even ESA and work capability confuses me, it seems they constantly change the goal posts.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    paddy, as advised by others - the short answer to the question asked is Yes. However this may not be the best thing to do. The best action depends on what other benefits they claim, how old they are and who else they live with. If you provide more information we can offer informed advice.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • ShirleyW
    ShirleyW Community member Posts: 355 Pioneering
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    paddy67 said:
    Hi guys,this is my first experience of your forum, thanks in advance for any advice ! My wife and I are both in receipt of PIP and effectively care for each other, are we entitled to clame Carers Allowance for each other ?

    You say that you are 67.  I assume you are receiving the State Pension?  How old is your wife and does she receive the State Pension?

    You can claim Carer's Allowance if you are over State Pension age but if your pensions are more than the Carer's Allowance you don't receive any money.  It's an overlapping benefit.  BUT you can receive a carer's premium in Pension Credit instead.   Plus if no other adults live with you and nobody else claims Carer's Allowance for you, you may each receive the Severe Disability Premium as well.

    If you are both of State Pension age then it may be very beneficial for you to see if you can receive any Pension Credit.  You MUST both be State Pension age to make a new claim for it.

    Receiving the Care Component of PIP and caring for each other can considerably increase the amount of Pension Credit you could receive.  

    Try putting your details into a benefits calculator like this one 

    https://benefits-calculator.turn2us.org.uk/survey/1/dac96371-e6eb-43d2-80be-521a08b3b1bc
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,229 Disability Gamechanger
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    ShirleyW said:
    paddy67 said:
    Hi guys,this is my first experience of your forum, thanks in advance for any advice ! My wife and I are both in receipt of PIP and effectively care for each other, are we entitled to clame Carers Allowance for each other ?

    You say that you are 67.  I assume you are receiving the State Pension?  How old is your wife and does she receive the State Pension?

    I don't see anywhere, where they've said they're 67. Unless you're referring to the numbers in their username but this could just be random numbers. Either way, unless they return and give more information no one can give the correct advice.
    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.
  • ShirleyW
    ShirleyW Community member Posts: 355 Pioneering
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    ShirleyW said:
    paddy67 said:
    Hi guys,this is my first experience of your forum, thanks in advance for any advice ! My wife and I are both in receipt of PIP and effectively care for each other, are we entitled to clame Carers Allowance for each other ?

    You say that you are 67.  I assume you are receiving the State Pension?  How old is your wife and does she receive the State Pension?

    I don't see anywhere, where they've said they're 67. Unless you're referring to the numbers in their username but this could just be random numbers. Either way, unless they return and give more information no one can give the correct advice.
    Oops 😬 my mistake!  I really thought I'd read  "I'm Paddy, I'm 67".  Clearly I need to go SpecSavers and get my glasses changed.  🤣

    Still it may be useful info if they are State Pension age or for other pensioners who read it. 
  • paddy67
    paddy67 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Hi, Paddy 67 here, sorry for any confusion over my username! “67” is jut random number! I am only 62 !(wife 60 ) As I posted previously,we are both in receipt of PIP, can we both claim carers allowance for each other or does that bring our PIP into question ?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,229 Disability Gamechanger
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    paddy67 said:
    As I posted previously,we are both in receipt of PIP, can we both claim carers allowance for each other or does that bring our PIP into question ?

    You didn't answer the most important questions. Are you claiming any other benefits, besides PIP?
    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.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    paddy67 said:
    Hi, Paddy 67 here, sorry for any confusion over my username! “67” is jut random number! I am only 62 !(wife 60 ) As I posted previously,we are both in receipt of PIP, can we both claim carers allowance for each other or does that bring our PIP into question ?
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    calcotti said:
    paddy, as advised by others - the short answer to the question asked is Yes. However this may not be the best thing to do. The best action depends on what other benefits they claim, how old they are and who else they live with. If you provide more information we can offer informed advice.

    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • paddy67
    paddy67 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Hi,just to say we are only receiving PIP and our occupational pensions .
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    In that case the issue of Severe Disability Premiums does not apply.
    You can both claim Carer’s Allowance and receive it alongside your PIP awards. 
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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