Carer's allowance
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The person I care for has died

xxxcatxxxxxxcatxxx Member Posts: 16 Connected
As the title says, I am currently claiming carers allowance for a neighbour but she unfortunately passed away last week. I tried to use the online form to notify she has passed away but it just try’s to prompt me to us the service to report the death. This obviously isn’t my responsibility as her family would have done this. Shall I just wait and let the claim close down once DWP are informed of her death? Or am I best phoning? 
I also read about still being paid for 8 weeks after the death but not sure if I’m entitled to this as the claim was closed in July but then restarted the day after so may not class as continued claim?

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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,579 Disability Gamechanger
    You should inform the carers allowance unit that you no longer carer as the person has died, you should get the 8 week run on although I'm not sure if a one day break will matter, I suspect not.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Scope community team Posts: 3,163 Disability Gamechanger
    Just to add my condolences @xxxcatxxx I'm sorry to hear about your loss.  Please let us know if you need any more support.
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  • xxxcatxxxxxxcatxxx Member Posts: 16 Connected
    woodbine said:
    You should inform the carers allowance unit that you no longer carer as the person has died, you should get the 8 week run on although I'm not sure if a one day break will matter, I suspect not.
    Thanks for the advice, I’ll try to report it online again, if not I’ll give them a call.
    Thanks 
  • xxxcatxxxxxxcatxxx Member Posts: 16 Connected
    Just to add my condolences @xxxcatxxx I'm sorry to hear about your loss.  Please let us know if you need any more support.
    Thanks for your reply. It’s been an awful week 😢
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Sorry for your loss. You should ring them to report the changes. What other benefits you're entitled to will depend on your circumstances. If you're claiming Income Support along with the carers allowance then once this ends you need to look at claiming Universal Credit.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • xxxcatxxxxxxcatxxx Member Posts: 16 Connected
    Hi,

    Sorry for your loss. You should ring them to report the changes. What other benefits you're entitled to will depend on your circumstances. If you're claiming Income Support along with the carers allowance then once this ends you need to look at claiming Universal Credit.
    Thanks poppy. I’m already on UC so we should get a higher amount now that the carers won’t be deducted 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem. Yes, your UC will increse slightly but your claimant commitments may also change now depending on circumstances of course.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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