As I have pointed out elsewhere, should you wish to claim CA and also work, it is perfectly possible to have your cake and eat it too, as long as you stash some of your excess earnings away into a pension plan and/or spend some of the rest on respite costs, in order to keep the remaining earnings below the threshold for Carers Allowance.
There is no longer a good reason to give up work to care, most carers are far better off
negotiating a package of support from their local authority and/or
paying someone else to provide the care and keeping their job.
Which proves what I have said all along: quitting work to care full time (for many people of working age who have some willingness to work and are healthy) is often a result of poorly informed, rash and emotionally-charged decision-taking, not an absolute necessity. And you may now throw all the cabbages at me you like, but I do speak from 22 years front-line experience as a working carer: last year I stashed more away into my pension plan than I actually drew as earned income, and that is not in some fancy professional career, that is working door to door on commission, for less than 18 hrs a week
I'm not throwing cabbages..this time anyway.
I do find this fascinating and now that I can look at things from the other side so to speak (no longer hands on carer for my daughter) I really am interested to know how you do this.
Any chance you could give me some examples of how this could be done..a breakdown of how to go about things so to speak?
When local authorities say there is no money or they can only provide certain support, how can you get around that obstacle..how to "negotiate" of they won't budge? Same with paying someone else to provide care- how do you go about that?
What if the caree has medical needs, treatments or injections to be carried out etc. How would it be possible to negotiate a package with local authority if there are some medical needs too?
Genuine questions Scally, I am not taking the Michael. One never knows what the future might bring and I would like to be forewarned if I find myself in that position again.
At this point because of what I am asking you to explain to me, I have to bring a personal element into it, no choice really. Let's say for some reason my daugher had to return home. I know you would say thaty I should just refuse and you have got a point...actually, lets go back to before she left, makes things easier.
Daughter is booted out of college so is at home. Behaviour is a massive issue so it is unlikely that having a PA would be a viable option, she refused many times to go out with her careworker once weekly. Is on insulin 3 times daily plus other meds and another injectable med. She can be aggressive with others and has shown that she can be unpredictable.
How would I go about negotiating a package for her so I could return to work?
Is it possible to do this? I wish I had been able to get back to work but genuinely could not see a way through the mire and I have to add, neither could the health and social work teams we were in contact with.
I have time on my side now so would like to learn more about the points that you have raised often, to see how this could be done practically would be a great help.
PS. Apologies for typing errors, it's been a long day and I am not too well.
PPS. Have just seen you have added more, so need to go read it and then see if I need to edit my reply.
PPPS. Nope..questions still stand.