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    • chokolat2
    • By chokolat2 9th Dec 12, 10:06 PM
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    Carer's Allowance - need some help please
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    Carer's Allowance - need some help please 9th Dec 12 at 10:06 PM
    Hi everyone.

    Mum currently gets both components of DLA (high) as she is disabled.
    My dad currently looks after her 24 hours a day. We have recently found out that he can claim for Carer's Allowance. This is only around £58 a week.
    This is obviously too little money seeing as he cannot work due to caring for mum 24 hours a day. Is there anything else he can claim?

    Also how will Carer's Allowance affect benefits such as Housing/Council Tax?

    Thank you
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    • nannytone
    • By nannytone 9th Dec 12, 10:16 PM
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    does your mum receive ESA?

    they cant just be living on DLA... what other income do they have?
    • chokolat2
    • By chokolat2 9th Dec 12, 10:30 PM
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    • 9th Dec 12, 10:30 PM
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    • 9th Dec 12, 10:30 PM
    No dad receives ESA. He was refused, but is now receiving the appeal rate.
    • nannytone
    • By nannytone 9th Dec 12, 10:31 PM
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    • 9th Dec 12, 10:31 PM
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    is it contributions based or income based?
    • chokolat2
    • By chokolat2 9th Dec 12, 10:39 PM
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    Its contributions based
    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 9th Dec 12, 10:43 PM
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    • 9th Dec 12, 10:43 PM
    Carer's allowance and ESA are both wage replacement benefits so you can't get both together. However if he applies for carer's allowance he may get a premium added to his ESA.
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    • nannytone
    • By nannytone 9th Dec 12, 10:45 PM
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    • 9th Dec 12, 10:45 PM
    is he claiming for your mum as well?
    if so h'ed be getting an income based top up.

    the carers allowance will have an impact as it is taxable income.

    im not sure what exactly happens when both contributions based and income based benefits are being claimed together.

    usually the means tested benefit it reduced by the amount of the carers allowance, and a carers premium is added.

    you need to phome DWP to make sure that the correct rates of each benefit are being paid.
    or go to entitledto.com and run their figures through the benefit calculator
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