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Carers UK Forum • Can't claim carers because i earn over the threshold
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Can't claim carers because i earn over the threshold

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:03 pm
by Emma_1410
When we used a childminder last year, I was allowed to claim carers allowance, as my childcare costs were taking into consideration.
I stopped claiming in when my husband got made redundant so he could claim it as I upped my hours at work,
What costs are taken off your wage other then pension?
Thanks :)

Re: Can't claim carers because i earn over the threshold

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:31 pm
by crocus
Have a look at this thread Emma
https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... week-21683

Don't forget that you can add extra into your pension and 50% is counted as an allowance.

Re: Can't claim carers because i earn over the threshold

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:43 pm
by Emma_1410
Thanks :) but I can't make sense :unsure:

I don't pay into a pension because to qualify for my company pension I have to earn over £1000 a month, which I don't.

Sometimes my children go to an after school club, but it is not offside registered, does that count?

Re: Can't claim carers because i earn over the threshold

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:10 pm
by Henrietta
Hi Emma
I'm on a zero hours contract so I don't get any company pension scheme. I opened up my own stakeholder pension with Standard Life and can pay in variable amounts each month - or a regular standing order amount. It really is worth it because you get a tax allowance on top of your pension contribution as well as qualifying for carers allowance.

Re: Can't claim carers because i earn over the threshold

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:01 am
by Scally
Yes, half of any pension contributions, plus any costs incurred as respite and childcare count, and they dont have to be registered, just receipted. I claim for swimming lessons, horse riding, anything.