A little advice please Re carers allowance.

All about money
Hi Charlie.

Yep ... wrong flavour of DLA :

The person you care for

The person you care for must already get one of these benefits:

Personal Independence Payment - daily living component.
Disability Living Allowance - the middle or highest care rate.
Attendance Allowance.
Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension.
Armed Forces Independence Payment.


Only a move up that league table to either MIDDLE or HIGHER rate will trigger Carers Allowance being made.

Good to learn that moves are already in place for a fresh assessmnet.

Keep us appraised ... we are here to help you !
NOTE: Charlie

For future reference

Pip has only two rates...

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benef ... -how-long/
Definitely needs to be upgraded to the higher rate if she needs watching full time now.
Hi. Just a wee update.

Well my wife was assessed for PIP which of course was the progression from DLA..

She has been placed in the enhanced section if that’s the right way of putting it ? Despite our worries and caution it went well. I nor my family have never been in any doubt but still the worry was awful.

So I re applied for carers allowance prompted by our GP who has been marvellous.

A few days ago I received a text message from the DWP informing me they had reached a decision and the letter to inform me of that decision should be with me in ten days.

You may recall me applying for carers before the PIP assessment but was told my wife was not in the right group in DLA. I got the knock back by letter only with no text message that time. So I’m hopeful but very unsure what to expect.

Lastly I would like to say a HUGE thank you to the gentleman from this forum who phoned me on Friday to welcome me to this forum. I was having a bad day and the thought of someone calling reminded me I’m not alone ..... For those who do what I/We do I think you will understand.

Thank you all.
Charlie _1906 wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:27 pm
Hi. Just a wee update.

Well my wife was assessed for PIP which of course was the progression from DLA..

She has been placed in the enhanced section if that’s the right way of putting it ? Despite our worries and caution it went well. I nor my family have never been in any doubt but still the worry was awful.

So I re applied for carers allowance prompted by our GP who has been marvellous.

A few days ago I received a text message from the DWP informing me they had reached a decision and the letter to inform me of that decision should be with me in ten days.

You may recall me applying for carers before the PIP assessment but was told my wife was not in the right group in DLA. I got the knock back by letter only with no text message that time. So I’m hopeful but very unsure what to expect.

Lastly I would like to say a HUGE thank you to the gentleman from this forum who phoned me on Friday to welcome me to this forum. I was having a bad day and the thought of someone calling reminded me I’m not alone ..... For those who do what I/We do I think you will understand.

Thank you all.
Great update!
I am pleased your PIP application went well and I am sure you will also receive carers allowance because the two benefits go hand in hand. You can also get a Blue Disability Badge now your wife has qualified for PIP. This can be used by anyone driving her around. Please do not be afraid to go to your local Citizens Advice - they can help you with all your applications . I appreciate that this information is a bit late in coming in your case. The Citizens Advice website has lots of useful information on benefits which is reasonably easy to understand.
I’m very pleased to report that I have been granted the CA....It will really make a difference to us so a massive thanks for the information given here.

However I’m confused.....DWP have paid me £132 into my account. I still have no letter or notification from DWP so I phoned and was told of the acceptance.

I did tick the box as advised to claim the back pay but maybe it’s because my wife has only recently transferred from the DLA group she was in to the PIP group that allows us to claim CA ?

Either way we’re not to bothered just very grateful for to some may not seem like a lot of money but to us makes a big difference.

Thank you all very much.
Well done, great to hear some good news.

DWP work in mysterious ways, they should send you a letter separately in the next few days.
Congratulations!