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LIVE Q&A on Carers Allowance today at 11:00am-12:30pm - Carers UK Forum

LIVE Q&A on Carers Allowance today at 11:00am-12:30pm

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To kick off Carers Week (8-14 June), we are running a LIVE Question and Answer session with one of our helpline advisers on Carer's Allowance today.

To join, just post your question below between 11:00am-12:30pm and one of our Helpline advisers will respond.
with benefits why has the goverment only put up carers allowance £1.00 ?
Hi Lizzie

My wife and I are unpaid Carers and having been caring for a family member in our home for the last 28 years.
I currently get Carers Allowance for the family member we care for as we can only claim one CA payment per person despite the fact it takes 2 of us to provide the care
My wife has recently applied for PIP and we are waiting to hear back if she qualifies for the Standard rate, Mobility component.

If she does qualify for PIP, then I wanted to ask a couple of questions...
If my wife takes the CA for looking after the family member we care for, can I then claim CA for looking after her?
Looking after our family member at home takes more than 35 hrs p.w; looking after my wife will take more than 35hrs p.w
Is there a conflict in my wife needing care and support for her reduced mobility and me getting CA for her but at the same time she is caring more than 35 hrs for our family member and would be getting CA for them?

Many thanks

Fred
Fred_1904 wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:00 am
Hi Lizzie

My wife and I are unpaid Carers and having been caring for a family member in our home for the last 28 years.
I currently get Carers Allowance for the family member we care for as we can only claim one CA payment per person despite the fact it takes 2 of us to provide the care
My wife has recently applied for PIP and we are waiting to hear back if she qualifies for the Standard rate, Mobility component.

If she does qualify for PIP, then I wanted to ask a couple of questions...
If my wife takes the CA for looking after the family member we care for, can I then claim CA for looking after her?
Looking after our family member at home takes more than 35 hrs p.w; looking after my wife will take more than 35hrs p.w
Is there a conflict in my wife needing care and support for her reduced mobility and me getting CA for her but at the same time she is caring more than 35 hrs for our family member and would be getting CA for them?

Many thanks

Fred
Dear Fred,

Thank you for your message. There is nothing that prevents someone in receipt of disability benefit, e.g. PIP as your wife may do in the future if her claim is successful, to also have a claim for Carer's Allowance for looking after someone else. This is because the care needs that your wife has, may differ from those of the person she is going to look after. So she can have a claim for Carer's Allowance and receive PIP. She clearly needs to meet the Caring Condition, i.e. she needs to be providing support for the person looked after at least 35 hours a week.

So you could have a claim for Carer's Allowance to help your wife with her care needs and your wife could have a claim for Carer's Allowance to provide support for the other family member while in receipt of PIP.

I hope this all works out for you and your wife.

Kind
Fred_1904 wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:00 am
Hi Lizzie

My wife and I are unpaid Carers and having been caring for a family member in our home for the last 28 years.
I currently get Carers Allowance for the family member we care for as we can only claim one CA payment per person despite the fact it takes 2 of us to provide the care
My wife has recently applied for PIP and we are waiting to hear back if she qualifies for the Standard rate, Mobility component.

If she does qualify for PIP, then I wanted to ask a couple of questions...
If my wife takes the CA for looking after the family member we care for, can I then claim CA for looking after her?
Looking after our family member at home takes more than 35 hrs p.w; looking after my wife will take more than 35hrs p.w
Is there a conflict in my wife needing care and support for her reduced mobility and me getting CA for her but at the same time she is caring more than 35 hrs for our family member and would be getting CA for them?

Many thanks

Fred
My apologies Fred, I just wanted to add that for you to be eligible to make a claim for Carer's Allowance for your wife, your wife will need to have an award for at least the standard rate Daily Living Personal Independence Payment. You will not be able to make a claim for Carer's Allowance for your wife if she is only awarded the standard rate Mobility Personal Independence Payment. PIP Mobility is not a qualifying benefit for Carer's Allowance, only the Daily Living Component.

I hope this answers your question fully. If you have any additional question do not hesitate to ask.

Kind regards

Michele
I am very concerned that Hampshire CC are failing to respect the 2014 Care Act, and the Covid regulations.

My son has lost 28-38 hours of day care a week,. In addition to this he should have 35 hours a week evenings and weekends.
Rather than the LA looking flexibly about how his personal budget is being used during Lockdown, the council are being totally inflexible. As a result, my son, with brain damage, is utterly alone for 19 hours a day!!

The only way my son can have extra hours is if I care for him some of the time. The council refuses to pay family carers, although the care act makes it clear that it is up to the caree to choose who cares for him, when and where, INCLUDING FAMILY CARERS. My only regular income is the basic pension.

How care CUK help me get paid for the care I provide?
(Whilst I have written my question solely about me, there are thousands of others in a similar position!)
bowlingbun wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:40 am
I am very concerned that Hampshire CC are failing to respect the 2014 Care Act, and the Covid regulations.

My son has lost 28-38 hours of day care a week,. In addition to this he should have 35 hours a week evenings and weekends.
Rather than the LA looking flexibly about how his personal budget is being used during Lockdown, the council are being totally inflexible. As a result, my son, with brain damage, is utterly alone for 19 hours a day!!

The only way my son can have extra hours is if I care for him some of the time. The council refuses to pay family carers, although the care act makes it clear that it is up to the caree to choose who cares for him, when and where, INCLUDING FAMILY CARERS. My only regular income is the basic pension.

How care CUK help me get paid for the care I provide?
(Whilst I have written my question solely about me, there are thousands of others in a similar position!)
Hello Bowlingbun

Thank you for posting your question in today’s Q&A. I think one of our Community Care advisers would be better placed to answer your question. My colleague Priya is running tomorrow’s Q&A ‘Care and support in the Community’ between 11:00-12:30. The Forum Team will be setting up a new thread for that Q&A tomorrow, and they will move your question into that thread, ready for Priya to answer.

Kind regards
Michele
dean_2003 wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:29 am
with benefits why has the goverment only put up carers allowance £1.00 ?
Hi Dean

We are calling on the Government to increase financial support for carers. Carers UK’s campaign Fairer for Carers is calling for an increase in Carer’s Allowance and the Carer Premium (and associated Premia). Alongside raising the level of Carers Allowance we want the government to recognise the additional costs faced by carers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are calling for the Government to introduce a Coronavirus Supplement. Carers UK will continue to campaign to ensure there is better financial support for carers.
Carers UK Advice team wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:55 pm
dean_2003 wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:29 am
with benefits why has the goverment only put up carers allowance £1.00 ?
Hi Dean

We are calling on the Government to increase financial support for carers. Carers UK’s campaign Fairer for Carers is calling for an increase in Carer’s Allowance and the Carer Premium (and associated Premia). Alongside raising the level of Carers Allowance we want the government to recognise the additional costs faced by carers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are calling for the Government to introduce a Coronavirus Supplement. Carers UK will continue to campaign to ensure there is better financial support for carers.
hi has the goverment really taken any notice before