Income support and DWP

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I've been caring for my elderly parents for a number of years and have been claiming CA for the last five, this has now become my only source of income. I was wondering if I claimed Income support would I have to go for interviews with DWP as I only have 1-2 hours free per week, when I do the shopping and pay bills etc.

PS. My savings are just slightly over the threshold to claim but I do need a better car and in the future somewhere to live.
Our Carers UK helpline will be able to give you the full story, in the meantime I believe that if you are claiming Carers Allowance as well as IS they CANNOT insist that you look for work, but you may be "invited" for interview.
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