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Hi, benefit help with upcoming changes

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oldbanger
oldbanger Community member Posts: 10 Connected
Good afternoon.

I need a bit of help, I have done a benefit calculation with turn 2 us and entitled to and both have different advice on what I am entitled to.

My daughter will be moving into her new home soon, I know I will have to paid bedroom tax.

I claim at present ESA Contribution based, PIP Enhanced/Enhanced and I receive a small occupational pension of £42 per week.
My mother who has dementia lives with me and claims attendance allowance.

Will I be able to claim carers allowance even though I do nothing physical for her but I remind her to take her medication, tell her what clothes to wear, make sure she keeps safe etc

Will I also be able to claim SDP as I'm not on income related ESA?.




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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,112 Disability Gamechanger
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    You won't be able to claim SDP on cont.based ESA I'm afraid, as for care it can take many forms sometimes physical help to sometimes just watching over to make sure someone is safe.

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2022
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    You cannot be paid Carers Allowance while receiving contribution based ESA due to ‘overlapping benefit’ rules.

    Does the calculator indicates any entitlement to income based benefits or are you excluded due to capital over £16,000?

    To be clear, is your ESA the old type of ESA or is it new style ESA? If you are on the old ESA then you can be assessed for income based top up (unless excluded by capital). If you claimed Carers Allowance you would get a carer premium added when calculating any income based ESA entitlement. The calculation could also get SDP included in the calculation.

    Does your mother claim Pension Credit? If she does she can get SDP added to her PC.

    You mention bedroom tax - are you claiming Housing Benefit?
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • oldbanger
    oldbanger Community member Posts: 10 Connected
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    Thank you for you responses
    I do not have any savings
    I claim Housing benefit
    I was transferred from IB onto ESA, so I assume that's old style
    My mother has savings so is not eligible for pension credit
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    oldbanger said:
    Thank you for you responses
    I do not have any savings
    I claim Housing benefit
    I was transferred from IB onto ESA, so I assume that's old style
    You should contact ESA and ask them to assess your entitlement to income based ESA to take into account SDP (after your daughter moves out). 
    oldbanger said:
    My mother has savings so is not eligible for pension credit
    There is no savings limit for Pension Credit although savings over £10,000 will reduce her entitlement. Use a calculator to check whether she is entitled to PC if an SDP is included in the calculation.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • oldbanger
    oldbanger Community member Posts: 10 Connected
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    I have just done a calculation for her and it says she is not entitled to pension credit or SDP as she has savings of over £70k and they calculate that she has earning of £113 from those saving (which she does not)
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    oldbanger said:
    I have just done a calculation for her and it says she is not entitled to pension credit or SDP as she has savings of over £70k and they calculate that she has earning of £113 from those saving (which she does not)
    It was worth checking. The deduction is a flat rate - it doesn’t reflect interest earned, it also assumes that savings should be used to help support the claimant.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • oldbanger
    oldbanger Community member Posts: 10 Connected
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    Thank you Calcotti

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,110 Disability Gamechanger
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    As your pension is £42 per week there will be some entitlement to the Income Related top up but the pension will reduce it £1 for £1. 
    With the Enhanced disability premium of £17.75/ week and the SDP £68.70/week (once daughter moves out) total income Related top up £87.45/week. Your pension will reduce that to £45.45/week. 
    Total ESA payable £163.05/week. 
    You will then be entitled to free prescriptions/dental and eye tests.
    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.
  • oldbanger
    oldbanger Community member Posts: 10 Connected
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    Thank you Poppy
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    You are welcome @oldbanger. It is the very least you deserve. If we can do anything else to help, please don't hesitate to let us know. We are all here for you  :)
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2022
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    As your pension is £42 per week there will be some entitlement to the Income Related top up but the pension will reduce it £1 for £1. 
    With the Enhanced disability premium of £17.75/ week and the SDP £68.70/week (once daughter moves out) total income Related top up £87.45/week. Your pension will reduce that to £45.45/week. 
    Total ESA payable £163.05/week. 
    You will then be entitled to free prescriptions/dental and eye tests.
    Which could be increased by claiming Carer's Allowance so the carer premium could be added to, another £38.85/week.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,110 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thanks calcotti, completely forgot about the carers premium.
    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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