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The government stated everybody on means tested benefit will get the payment this is not true

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fisherman
fisherman Community member Posts: 10 Listener
Hi everybody I am disabled and get PIP which is used for a motability car I get Housing benefit and I have a HC3 certificate to help with dental costs but I now find I am excluded from the cost of living payment because Housing benefit is the only means tested benefit I claim and I get paid from the council as I am over state pension age.
The government stated everybody on means tested benefit will get the payment this is not true

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2022
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    You are excluded from the £650. You will get £150 for being on PIP, the extra £300 Winter Fuel Payment and the £400 electricity bill credit, and presumably got the £150 from Council Tax earlier in the year. A total of £1000.

    I assume you do not get any Pension Credit?

    Do you only get the mobility component of PIP?
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • fisherman
    fisherman Community member Posts: 10 Listener
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    No I doI have a partner he does get carers allowance element on the housing benefit calculations 
  • fisherman
    fisherman Community member Posts: 10 Listener
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    I also get the living part of PIP
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,998 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2022
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    fisherman said:
    No I doI have a partner he does get carers allowance element on the housing benefit calculations 
    There’s no such thing as carers allowance element of housing benefit. Are you a mixed aged couple claiming Universal credit? carers element is part of Universal Credit.
    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.
  • fisherman
    fisherman Community member Posts: 10 Listener
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    when the council work out my income they deduct £38 off in the calculations because my husband cares for me 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2022
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    Or possibly claiming Carer’s Allowance or has an underlying entitlement and getting carer premium included in HB calculation,
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • fisherman
    fisherman Community member Posts: 10 Listener
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    He used to get carers allowance until he got to state pension age when it changed to carers element
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2022
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    fisherman said:
    He used to get carers allowance until he got to state pension age when it changed to carers element
    The carer premium is because he still has an underlying entitlement to Carer’s Allowance. It isn’t that the CA has changed into the carer premium. The carer premium is separate to CA and isn’t called the carer element, the carer element is a part of a Universal Credit.

    However all of this is not relevant to your question about CoL payment. I only asked in case you might be missing out on anything else. If your joint income (excluding your PIP) is less than £317.55 you would be eligible for some Pension Credit.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • fisherman
    fisherman Community member Posts: 10 Listener
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    My joint income is £340
  • fisherman
    fisherman Community member Posts: 10 Listener
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    Thankyou for all your advice it is much clearer now
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    You are welcome @fisherman. It is the very least you deserve. I am glad it is much clearer now. If we can do anything else to support you, please don't hesitate to let us know  :)
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