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Am I entitled to Carers Allowance?
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Old 16-04-2012, 7:57 PM
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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.

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Old 16-04-2012, 8:04 PM
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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
Is your husband claiming attendance allowance? if so then yes.
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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
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.

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Is your husband claiming attendance allowance? if so then yes.

No he is not claiming attendance allowance.
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Thank you Fogartyblue, very helpful. I will call them tomorrow
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You would only be able to claim carers allowance if your husband is awarded AA.
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Is there not also an age limit for carers allowance? I thought you have to be under pension age to be eligible?
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Is there not also an age limit for carers allowance? I thought you have to be under pension age to be eligible?
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).
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Old 16-04-2012, 8:55 PM
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Hubby has state pension but I am 55 so do not receive any pension/benefits
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Remind me not to try and help someone again.
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Hubby has state pension but I am 55 so do not receive any pension/benefits
Definitely go for it then -
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Remind me not to try and help someone again.
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.
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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.

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
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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
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
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Oh, ok - sorry I am not too familiar with forums! I thought the help was great!
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