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Carers UK Forum • Carer's Allowance and Direct Payments together
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Carer's Allowance and Direct Payments together

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:38 am
by Mabel_1908
I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.
My Dad has needed 24-hour supervision since acute illness in January so I quit my job and claimed Carer's Allowance in the full knowledge that I would need to find an alternative financial solution to enable me to keep paying my new mortgage pretty quickly. Six months down the line, I have dragged my Dad through the Needs Assessment process and persuaded social services that they should allow me to be his Direct Payments PA, although the DP budget is only £120/week, which still leaves me financially bereft.
Someone has suggested that I should be able to carry on claiming Carer's Allowance for him whilst receiving the DP income. I cannot imagine this is possible, but does anyone have any experience of attempting this feat? I have trawled the internet for further information to no avail.
Just to clarify, I had just purchased my council house under 'Right to Buy' in January, so I can't sell for 5 years without massive penalty and I'm not allowed to sub-let the now-vacant property to cover the mortgage payments.
Thanks in advance for any advice or assistance offered.
Mabel.

Re: Carer's Allowance and Direct Payments together

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:07 am
by Chris From The Gulag
Hi Mabel.

DPs and CA ?

FRAUGHT WITH DANGER.

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... 20payments

As soon as you receive DPs from an LA / your caree , the relationship of carer / caree changes to that of employer / employee ...
and all that goes with employment law.

One for either the CAB or Carers UK Advice Team ( Best by email ) to advise on ... contact deatails for both follow :

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... line-24147


Housing element ?

Mention that to the CAB / Carers Uk Advice Team for additional advice.

There is a Government scheme out there but with one major drawback ... a loan that has to be repaid at some point :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... 20interest

Let us know how you get on ... it will help us expand our knowledge on this unresolved issue that potentially affects thousands
of family carers out there.

Re: Carer's Allowance and Direct Payments together

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:50 pm
by Mabel_1908
Well, I've tried an alternative solution (see second post) but I seem to have come unstuck with this one too - the council are playing hardball! Mabel.

Re: Carer's Allowance and Direct Payments together

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:01 am
by Chris From The Gulag
I have replied to your more recent thread.