Carer's allowance and Universal Credit help

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Kimano94
Kimano94 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi there, my daughter is profoundly deaf and gets DLA.
I am currently on UC, get the carers element and also claim carers allowance.
I have always worked until having her and I am used to having one monthly payment. The 4 weekly payments at different times each month (for CA and DLA) has really thrown my finance tracking off.
I was thinking of stopping the carers allowance, and having that amount back on my UC monthly payment (as iS deducted for CA currently) to have the bulk of money coming in same date each month.
Is there anything that I would lose by doing this or a reason it is more beneficial to stay on carers allowance? I'm completely unsure of any other benefits coming from these claims aside from the money that I receive in bank.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,295 Championing
    edited August 2022
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    Carers allowance pays class 1 NI but UC only pays class 3. If you live in Scotland there's extra money twice a year of £245.70 paid in June and December. It's not paid for those living in England or Wales. https://www.mygov.scot/carers-allowance-supplement
    Other than that there's no other beneficial reason why you should continue to claim it. Some people find the payments weekly or 4 weekly are better than once a month like UC is and can help them to budget better. Others, like yourself find it confusing.
    If you want to cancel the carers allowance claim you will need to contact them.

  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Championing
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    Hello and welcome to the community @Kimano94 I hope the reply above has helped to reassure you :)

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  • oscar123
    oscar123 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Hello all I'm new to this site.I have a question.Both my self and my husband receive PIP and Universal credit. Our granddaughter cares for us .If she was to claim carers allowance would it affect our benefits
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,295 Championing
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    oscar123 said:
    Hello all I'm new to this site.I have a question.Both my self and my husband receive PIP and Universal credit. Our granddaughter cares for us .If she was to claim carers allowance would it affect our benefits

    No. Whether she's entitled will depend on her circumstances. Does she claim any other benefits?
    Do either yourself or your husband receive the LCWRA element?

    Your eligibility

    All of the following must apply:

    • you’re 16 or over
    • you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
    • you’ve been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this does not apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
    • you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces (you might still be eligible if you’re moving to or already living in an EEA country or Switzerland)
    • you’re not in full-time education
    • you’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more
    • you’re not subject to immigration control
    • your earnings are £132 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses
    https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility