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Carers UK Forum • Support bubble eligibility , guidance, advice please?
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Support bubble eligibility , guidance, advice please?

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:44 pm
by James_2101
I am a single adult living at home with a very sick parent with Parkinsons currently so that I can support them and keep them safe through the pandemic. I am a registered carer with Devon Carers. I do unpaid care work for my mum. She also receives social care visits at home ( 4 visits a day , 7 days a week ).

I want to know if I can form a support bubble with my girlfriend who lives a couple hours away.

I phoned citizens advice because I wanted clarification on this matter due to some criticism from family members who said I couldn't do this and to my dismay they told me that I wasn't eligible to form one.

This was a big surprise because I thought I was and I am really struggling with the idea that I can't have any help or support for the next few months.

The reason Citizens advice said I couldn't was because of this part of the government website :

"you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability"

they told me this was written about disabled people who live alone. not carers who live with someone (which is what I assumed it meant)

I then went on the AGE UK site and read this which totally contradicts what Citizens Advice told me


For two households to form a support bubble, at least one of the households must have:

only one adult carer – this means households where this is one adult carer and anyone else living within the household has a disability and requires continuous care

So which is right? Can anyone shed some light and give me some guidance on this please?

Re: Support bubble eligibility , guidance, advice please?

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:14 am
by Melly1
Hi James,

My interpretation is the second one.

Melly1

Re: Support bubble eligibility , guidance, advice please?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:08 pm
by James_2101
that's interesting. that is mine as well. I wonder who else I could seek clarification from?

Re: Support bubble eligibility , guidance, advice please?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:19 am
by Melly1
James,
I suspect if you contacted CAB and got a different advisor you would get a different answer.

Carers Uk gives the same advice as Age Uk https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... -safe-faqs

Melly1