Marianne Connolly wrote:Hello,
I'm hoping someone, anyone can help me out here.
I have an 11 year old son with ASD.
I was recently told to apply for DLA for him as his needs will, and have, changed recently as he's about to go to High School.
I was receiving IS as I gave up work to care for him when he started Primary School as he was struggling, having melt downs and generally not settling well, my work was very sympathetic, but the long term commitment to both wasn't going to work and my sons needs won out, like there was any other winner in the end!
Anyway, there I was on IS with a ASD child and a baby moving along in a support role happily managing, then the goal post moved.
As my daughter is now 6 we were told my claim for IS was ending and I'd have to go onto JSA and be available for work.
I called the helpline here and was told to claim DLA for my son, which I did and received higher care and lower mobility rates for.
I was then told by the Job Centre Plus to claim Carers Allowance which I have.
Today I received a letter telling me I was having my IS cut to cover the CA I'm now receiving.
All fine so far, but then the confusion is here, do I now have to pay rent on my home, I'm receiving Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, but it now seems I have to pay at least something towards these now....
It's all very confusing, the JC+ people have no idea, the Council people have no idea and I have even less idea! Do any of you know what happens next?
lady_c wrote:like some 1 else has said, when you claim income support and carers allowance together, your income support in reduced to allowance to the carers allowance but you do receive a top rate as a carer. You are still entitle to income support so would be entitled to the full rate of housing benefit (depending on your local housing allowance rates) and council tax benefit.
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