Carer181 wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:05 pm
Got a letter from DWP about an appointment to check I am receiving the right amount of Carer's allowance. Never had one of these before so any advice as to what to expect from this call would be much appreciated. The person I care for receives middle rate care and an application has been made for low mobility but no response to that at the moment.
Thank you in advance
Hi there, and thank you for your question.
Sometimes the DWP do ask to meet with carers to see if they are still meeting the conditions of the Carer’s Allowance benefit.
They may ask you questions about your caring role in relation to the main criteria of the benefit, such as the care you provide day by day.
These criteria are –
- You look after someone who gets a qualifying disability benefit (this means they get Disability Living Allowance at either the middle or highest rate for personal care needs; the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (at either the standard or enhanced rate); Attendance Allowance (at either rate); or Constant Attendance Allowance (of the normal maximum rate) paid with the Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes);
- 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 are either not working or if you work your earnings are no more than £123 per week after certain deductions;
- You meet certain tests linked to your immigration status and length of time you have lived in the UK.
So long as you meet these tests there should be no reason why your Carer’s Allowance would be affected. You can find out more about Carer’s Allowance in our free factsheet.
Bear in mind that 35 hours can span a whole week (from Sunday to Saturday midnight), and that caring is not actually defined for the benefit.
As guidance for Carer's Allowance the 35 hours can include:
• time spent physically helping the person
• time spent ‘keeping an eye’ on the person, eg preventing them coming to harm by walking out of the house
• time spent doing practical tasks for them, eg cooking
• time taken doing practical tasks, even if you don’t do them in the presence of the person you are looking after, may also count (for instance, if you look after someone who visits you regularly for the care they need, time spent preparing for the visit or cleaning up afterwards should count)
I hope this information is helpful, but please do get back in touch if you have further questions.