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Carers allowance and PIP

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daisy000
daisy000 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi my mum and dad both get pip at higher rate but due to my dads newly diagnosed cancer my mum will be helping caring for him for the 35hrs a week. Will carers allowance effect her pip? She’s got an indefinite award. They don’t claim any other benefits. Do pip need to be notified if my mum claims carers allowance for my dad? Thanks
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  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yes she can claim Carer’s Allowance and no she does not need to inform PIP, it may also be worth seeing if there’s any other benefits they are eligible for:

    https://www.entitledto.co.uk/benefits-calculator/Intro/Home?cid=cb74e4e3-70f9-4816-acfb-4b2cb97fdb7b
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    What other income do they have other than PIP?

    If there are only the two of them in the house and there could be entitlement to means tested benefits they could be better off not claiming CA.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • disabledmom
    disabledmom Community member Posts: 46 Connected
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    Do people still get indefinite awards with pip? I thought DLA axed it ? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,922 Disability Gamechanger
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    Do people still get indefinite awards with pip? I thought DLA axed it ? 
    No. The longest award for PIP is 10 years with a light touch review. 
    No new claims for DLA can be claimed for those aged 16 and over but there are still people receiving it that have indefinite awards. 
    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.
  • daisy000
    daisy000 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    My dad is on state pension now and they told him it wont be reviewed and that as he has cancer I think they treat it differently. He wont get UC due to his pension/state pension and potential carers allowance as it will nil his entitlement. my mum isn’t quite old enough for them to claim pension credit either and they haven’t paid enough contributions for ESA c new style so they just get pip and my dads pension for now.
  • disabledmom
    disabledmom Community member Posts: 46 Connected
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    I did hear that they are offering indefinite awards to people of pension age. Not sure if it's true maybe poppy will know.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,922 Disability Gamechanger
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    I did hear that they are offering indefinite awards to people of pension age. Not sure if it's true maybe poppy will know.

    You heard wrong. The longest award is still as i advised, 10 years, with a light touch review. There's no indefinite awards for PIP.
    Those of state pension age and above will be given a 10 year award if their conditions are not expected to change.
    No one knows what a light touch review involves yet because no one has actually reached that point in their claim. PIP was only introduced in April 2013 and the light touch reviews quite sometime after that.
    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.
  • disabledmom
    disabledmom Community member Posts: 46 Connected
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    Oh my apologies. Thanks for the correction 
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