Alex_2003 wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:11 pm
Hi, is it simple process and do the majority get accepted for claiming carers allowance for someone with Paranoid Schizophrenia? The person currently claims:
Employment and Support Allowance (Income-Related)
Support group - 111.65
Enhanced disability premium - 16.80
Personal Independence Payment
Daily living - enhanced rate - 87.65
Mobility - standard rate - 23.20
Posting this on behalf of our helpline advisor:
One of the main criteria for getting Carer's Allowance is that the person you care for is on a qualifying benefit such as the Personal Independence Payment at the Standard of Enhanced rate of Daily Care. I can see from your message that this is the case.
The illness or disability that the person is affected by doesn't matter.
The rules for Carer’s Allowance are as follows:
• You look after someone who gets a qualifying disability
benefit: the daily living component of Personal Independence Allowance, the Middle or higher rate of DLA care or any rate of Attendance Allowance.
• You look after that person for at least 35 hours a week;
• You are aged 16 or over;
• You are not in full-time education;
• You earn £123 a week (after deductions) or less;
• You satisfy the UK presence and residence conditions.
https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... -allowance
It's very straightforward to make a claim, but you do need to make sure that your claim will not affect the benefits of the person you look after.
This could happen if the person you care for is classed as living alone and did not have a carer being paid Carer’s Allowance for looking after them. If this is the case they may be getting something called a Severe Disability Premium (SDP) in their ESA.
This additional Severe Disability Premium is only paid within ESA to people who meet all three of the below criteria:
· Are in receipt of a disability benefit such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) either rate of daily living, Attendance Allowance (AA) either rate or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Middle or high
· Live on their own or count as living on their own
· No one claims Carer’s Allowance for looking after them.
The rate you have detailed below: (Employment and Support Allowance (Income-Related) Support group - 111.65 Enhanced disability premium - 16.80) would suggest that they would not lose out by someone claiming Carer's Allowance, but I wanted to raise it just in case.
I hope this helps, Alex.
Carers UK Advice team