Direct payments and childcare costs

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Hi, I just wanted to ask a question. I use my son's direct payments to pay for respite care while I work (and when I don't as well). I've just had my carer's allowance claim form through to check on my earnings from Feb 2016 to Feb 2017 (I am self employed) and I've earned more than I should have. I wondered if I am able to state what I spend on childcare while I work even though I don't actually pay for it myself? I'm really stuck so any answers would be really appreciated. Many thanks.
Hi Stephanie,

The best people to advise you would be the helpline:
Carers UK Adviceline

You can talk to us five days a week, no matter

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Advice Line or phone 0808 808 7777

Could you pay more into your pension?