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  • doyouwantfrieswiththat
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:04 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:04 PM
    Hi
    My husband has just been diagnosed as Bipolar. Does anyone know if I am entitled to Carers Allowance? he is 73 and I am a home with him full time.

    We do not claim any benefits.

    Thank you
    Originally posted by HarryS
    Is your husband claiming attendance allowance? if so then yes.
  • fogartyblue.
    • #3
    • 16th Apr 12, 8:26 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:26 PM
    Hi
    My husband has just been diagnosed as Bipolar. Does anyone know if I am entitled to Carers Allowance? he is 73 and I am a home with him full time.

    We do not claim any benefits.

    Thank you
    Originally posted by HarryS
    Only if he was successful in making a claim for Attendance Allowance.

    He would have to show that he has care needs that he needs help with as well as provide evidence that those needs actually exist.

    Having BP is not the reason for making a claim. The needs arising from it are. The qualifying criteria is quite complex.

    From memory, he would have to be in the top end of the moderate range or in the severe range to qualify.

    Give this number a ring and they will help him through the process 0800 882200 - they are open 8.30 - 6.30 Monday to Friday.
    Last edited by fogartyblue.; 16-04-2012 at 8:29 PM.
  • HarryS
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:33 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:33 PM
    Is your husband claiming attendance allowance? if so then yes.
    Originally posted by doyouwantfrieswiththat

    No he is not claiming attendance allowance.
  • HarryS
    • #5
    • 16th Apr 12, 8:35 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:35 PM
    Thank you Fogartyblue, very helpful. I will call them tomorrow
    • HB58
    • By HB58 16th Apr 12, 8:35 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:35 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:35 PM
    You would only be able to claim carers allowance if your husband is awarded AA.
    • irishjohn
    • By irishjohn 16th Apr 12, 8:36 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:36 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:36 PM
    Is there not also an age limit for carers allowance? I thought you have to be under pension age to be eligible?
    John
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    • By sleepless saver 16th Apr 12, 8:50 PM
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    sleepless saver
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:50 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:50 PM
    Is there not also an age limit for carers allowance? I thought you have to be under pension age to be eligible?
    Originally posted by irishjohn
    No, you can claim over state pension age. However carers allowance is an overlapping benefit with state pension. So if the OP is receiving more in pension than the carers allowance would be there will be no extra money. (Sometimes there would be more money because of the impact on other benefits, but they are not receiving any other benefits.)

    OP's partner should apply for attendance allowance. If he gets it then do a benefits check and see if it is worth applying for carers allowance (which is a lot easier to apply for than AA).
  • HarryS
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:55 PM
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    • 16th Apr 12, 8:55 PM
    Hubby has state pension but I am 55 so do not receive any pension/benefits
  • doyouwantfrieswiththat
    Remind me not to try and help someone again.
    • irishjohn
    • By irishjohn 17th Apr 12, 6:26 AM
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    irishjohn
    Hubby has state pension but I am 55 so do not receive any pension/benefits
    Originally posted by HarryS
    Definitely go for it then -
    John
    • irishjohn
    • By irishjohn 17th Apr 12, 6:29 AM
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    Remind me not to try and help someone again.
    Originally posted by doyouwantfrieswiththat
    Apologies if you took offence at my need to seek clarification regarding relationship between Old Age Pension and Carers Allowance - sometimes a one word answer does raise other questions.
    John
  • HarryS
    Apologies if you took offence at my need to seek clarification regarding relationship between Old Age Pension and Carers Allowance - sometimes a one word answer does raise other questions.
    Originally posted by irishjohn

    Hi, I must be slow as I am not sure what was said that would have offended, so it didn't, no problem. Thanks for help
    • irishjohn
    • By irishjohn 17th Apr 12, 3:51 PM
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    Not you Harry
    Hi, I must be slow as I am not sure what was said that would have offended, so it didn't, no problem. Thanks for help
    Originally posted by HarryS
    I was offering my apology to doyouwantfrieswiththat due to the comment made in post number 10 - seemed like it was a crticism of me for questioning his/her answer
    John
  • HarryS
    Oh, ok - sorry I am not too familiar with forums! I thought the help was great!
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