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Carers UK Forum • Overlapping benefits
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Overlapping benefits

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 9:48 am
by Guest
Caring Sheila loses weekly allowance

A WHATLINGTON resident has called for a change in the law after the Government stopped her carers allowance.
Sheila Lilly, 64, had been getting £17 a week to help care for her elderly mother, but last month she received a letter to say because of an increase in her pension, she was no longer entitled to the allowance.
When Mrs Lilly's husband turned 65 in April, her pension rose from £32 to just over £52.
The letter ordered her to pay back all the carers allowance she had received since April.
But she has yet to receive the promised pension increase.
She said: "The minute they did that they took all my carers allowance away and back-dated it to his birthday.
"They have not yet put the extra on my pension. I think this is wrong. I think it's a disgrace."
Mrs Lilly's mother is blind, hard of hearing and suffers from arthritis, as well as other health problems.
The 89-year-old lives in Seaford and Mrs Lilly has to do everything for her, including dealing with her finances and home carers.
Mrs Lilly said: "I have her over every weekend and if she's in any need I have to go to Seaford immediately. She needs constant care and someone watching over the care she's getting and making sure she's getting it."
Mrs Lilly says it would cost the Government £300 a week to put her mother into a home.
She said: "It's saving the Government a lot of money being kept at home. All these people coming in to help her are saving a lot of money for them."
Mrs Lilly now intends to take the issue up with Battle MP Greg Barker.
She said: "There's obviously a loophole here with these carers that should not be there.
"Why is it the only allowance they means test with the pensions?
"Every other allowance, like disability allowance and housing benefit, do not get their pension taken away for that."
A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: "We are unable to comment on individual cases.
"Certain benefits cannot be paid at the same time. If the customer is entitled to more than one benefit at the same time, they will receive the one which is based on their National Insurance contributions.
"Once a carer becomes entitled to their state pension, payment of carer's allowance will stop if the state pension is paid at a higher rate than carer's allowance.
"This is because both state pension and carer's allowance are income-maintenance benefits.
"They are both designed to replace income and two benefits cannot be paid for the same purpose.
"However, entitlement to the benefit does not stop. This means as long as the carer continues to meet the qualifying conditions for carer's allowance they will have an additional amount for caring included in their pension credit, housing benefit or council tax benefit.
"Carers over state pension age who are not able to receive pension credit may still be able to receive housing benefit and/or council tax benefit. "


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Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:27 am
by Linda Pestano
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