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    Can I claim Carer's Allowance for partner? I claim DLA/ESA
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    • 15th Jun 12, 4:35 AM
    Can I claim Carer's Allowance for partner? I claim DLA/ESA 15th Jun 12 at 4:35 AM
    I am a person with a disability and a Disability Living Allowance and Employment Support Allowance (Support Group) claimant. I get both care and mobility components of DLA at the lowest level. My long term partner, after three harrowing years of rapid health deterioration and uncertainty regarding diagnosis has recently been told he has Multiple Sclerosis and is now on high level DLA, both care and mobility. He does not receive any other benefits. It was suggested to us by a health visitor (not a benefit specialist) that I could possibly apply for Carer's Allowance as my partner's carer. While we have been in a relationship for over twenty years, we have never lived together but, especially as my partner's condition has worsened, I spend more of my time at his home, keeping him company and doing what I can for him as far as my own health will allow as he can do very little for himself and what he does do takes him an age. This includes dealing with everyday living such as bill-paying etc which he simply cannot manage any more. Also taking him away from daytime TV which he once abhorred (and never had time for anyway) but which he'd spend all day watching without moving if I wasn't there - so sad to see. I now have to do much of his shopping, as he can no longer drive or walk very well, and ferry him to appointments etc. I can do very little of his housework as my own condition prohibits it, in fact my own health has suffered and I am still really in shock from seeing the once vibrant, handsome, strong and active man I loved in the prime of life reduced to a hollow shadow. But that's another story.
    My question here is: could I claim this Carer's Allowance as carer for my partner (considering I claim ESA and DLA) and how would it affect my own benefits? I've also been told I may not actually get the CA because of an 'overlapping benefits' rule but it may mean a small increase in my other benefits and something to do with my NI. I am finding that I am paying, from my own pocket, for all the little trips to the local shop and because his MS had affected his mind he doesn't realise he has to reimburse me; that is all by and by but I do not understand all these benefits so would welcome any informed advice. Thank you for reading this.
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