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Recent become my Granddaughter's guardian. Am I entitled to help

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patsygirl
patsygirl Community member Posts: 8 Connected
have recently become the guardian of my 10 year old Granddaughter i m on Esa and pip what help am I entitled to

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  • durhamjaide2001
    durhamjaide2001 Community Co-Production Group, Scope Member Posts: 11,210 Disability Gamechanger
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    Applications for NI credits for caring for children under 12 need to be made to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and must be signed by both the adult carer and the Child Benefit recipient. Applications need to be made in the October following the end of the tax year in which the caring took place.

    Grandparents who have cared for their grandchildren during the tax year 2011/12 are able to apply for their credits now.

    The credit is a Class 3 National Insurance credit and protects entitlement to basic State Pension and bereavement benefits for spouses and civil partners.

    There is no minimum requirement for the number of hours of care in a week as long as the credit is transferred for a full week. For details of who can apply and how, visit www.gov.uk/national-insurance-credits/eligibility or phone the National Insurance Helpline on 0845 302 1479.

    The new flat-rate State Pension, set above today’s means-tested support of £145.40, is designed to provide certainty to people about what they will get in retirement. It will benefit women, and also the self-employed, who are currently excluded from qualifying for state second pension.

    Figures in this release come from the Grandparents Plus briefing paper on grandparental childcare and their publication Doing it all?.


    This is what I found I hope it's helpful.  Here the link to the website I was looking at. https://www.gov.uk/government

  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm not sure the above is relevant as the date says caring for child in 2011 eg 10 years ago and that isn't the case here 

    I'm no expert so I will leave it to one of the others who know buf you should be able to get child benefit at least 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,998 Disability Gamechanger
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    @durhamjaide2001 I’m not sure why you’re advising about NI credits because patsygirl is already claiming ESA which also pays class 1 NI credits
    Your advice about state pension is also incorrect too because New full state pension is now £185.15 per week. 
    Please make sure you understand the question being asked before answering. 
    @patsygirl does your granddaughter now live with you and is her parents claiming child benefit and any other benefits for her still? 

    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.
  • patsygirl
    patsygirl Community member Posts: 8 Connected
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    @durhamjaide2001 yes my granddaughter is living with me now. Her mum gets child benefit and universal credit for her.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    patsygirl said:
    @durhamjaide2001 yes my granddaughter is living with me now. Her mum gets child benefit and universal credit for her.
    If your granddaughter is now living with you and you now have responsibility for looking after her and not your daughter then your daughter should not be claiming help for looking after your granddaughter.

    if your daughter stopped claiming then you could claim Child Benefit. Alternatively your daughter can continue to claim CB - but only if she gives the money to you.

    You could possibly get help through Universal Credit yourself but whether or not you are entitled depends on your finances because UC is means tested. Claiming UC would end any income based ESA - do you know what type of EAsA you get? If you get more than £117.60/week at least some of your EAsA must be income based.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • patsygirl
    patsygirl Community member Posts: 8 Connected
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    @durhamjaide2001 I will check to see which ESA I receive and let you know.

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