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Carers UK Forum • Carers Allowance and Study
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Carers Allowance and Study

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:18 pm
by Teri_16071
Hello

Im wondering if anyone had an experiences or can offer some advice. I have tried to get through the advice line but not being successful.

I am due to start college in September. It is classed as a full time course but is over 3 days and it is 18 hours supervised study. Will I still be able to claim Carers Allowance?

Re: Carers Allowance and Study

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:14 pm
by Carers UK Admin
Hi Teri,

Sorry to hear you've not been successful getting through to the Carers UK Adviceline - we get a huge volume of calls and unfortunately that does mean it can be hard to get through. However, you can email us at anytime at advice@carersuk.org, and you'll get a response within five working days.

We do have some information about who can claim Carer's Allowance (and in particular the criteria around education) on our website: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... -allowance

However, as you'll see the rules around Carer's Allowance and education are very complicated so do contact the Carers UK Adviceline to talk it through with an expert. I would suggest sending them an email to advice@carersuk.org, then if you want you can continue trying to get through on the phone tomorrow - the lines are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Hope this helps!

All the best,

Kate

Re: Carers Allowance and Study

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:46 pm
by Juggler
Hi Teri
When you get to college, make sure you let your personal tutor (or programme/course leader) know that you are a carer. If you have any difficulties with attendance or submission deadlines, due to your caring responsibilities, keep this tutor informed as he/she who will guide you through the institution's regulations and advocate for you.
Good luck with your studies!
Juggler
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