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    • AG47
    • By AG47 6th Sep 17, 4:02 PM
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    Joint I.S and DLA JC interview
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    Joint I.S and DLA JC interview 6th Sep 17 at 4:02 PM
    I'm a full time carer, but actually my wife does so much of the care for our disabled son,

    Now the JC want to interview her so she starts looking for work

    Would it be ok if I was the one who went to look for work and not her, even though I'm officially the carer?

    Is it worth swapping the paperwork over to make her the official full time carer, I mean we both do it but if one of us had to go to work then we think it's best for me
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
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    • AG47
    • By AG47 6th Sep 17, 4:17 PM
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    The thing is we also have a 2year old who is still breast feeding from her mum.

    I know we are entitled to free hours of child care, but the baby is showing signs similar to her older brother who is 9 and needs full time care.

    Would it be ok with the JC if I started looking for work instead of her? Would we have to change her to be the full time carer?

    What happens if not, can they cut back our income support? Can you get penalties with income support like you do with JSA?
    Last edited by AG47; 06-09-2017 at 4:27 PM.
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 6th Sep 17, 4:36 PM
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    This appointment isn't to make you get back to work. Everyone claiming IS has to go for these appointments from time to time. Many years ago when i was claiming IS i used to have to attend them, and it's not changed now. There's nothing stopping you changing who the carers is as long as the person does at least 35 hours of care per week. If you do change over and you decided to work then this would affect your IS and how much you'd be able to claim, if any.
    • AG47
    • By AG47 6th Sep 17, 4:52 PM
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    This appointment isn't to make you get back to work. Everyone claiming IS has to go for these appointments from time to time. Many years ago when i was claiming IS i used to have to attend them, and it's not changed now. There's nothing stopping you changing who the carers is as long as the person does at least 35 hours of care per week. If you do change over and you decided to work then this would affect your IS and how much you'd be able to claim, if any.
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    Thanks so much, so woul it be ok if I went to the interview instead?

    What do you mean it would affect how much we claim? Would it make any difference if my wife was the carer not me?
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 6th Sep 17, 5:18 PM
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    Income Support is a means tested benefit so if you or your wife started work then you would lose the income support.

    Scenarios possible:

    1. Your wife claims Carer's Allowance - notify them to tell them you are ending your claim and then your wife makes the claim. You go to work.
    2. You continue to claim CA and IS as a joint claim and attend the interview and see what they say about your circumstances.
    3. You continue to claim CA but work up to the allowed rate. (I'll find a link for the amount) You would lose your Income Support.
    4. Your wife claims CA and you work full time.

    You could try putting the different scenarios into the benefit calculator on www.entitledto.co.uk to see how it would affect other benefits or go to CAB for a better off calculation.

    More importantly would you be able to work and support your wife with the children?
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 6th Sep 17, 5:19 PM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 5:19 PM
    Link:

    http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/financial-support/help-with-benefits/carers-allowance#sec2
    • AG47
    • By AG47 6th Sep 17, 5:24 PM
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    Income Support is a means tested benefit so if you or your wife started work then you would lose the income support.

    Scenarios possible:

    1. Your wife claims Carer's Allowance - notify them to tell them you are ending your claim and then your wife makes the claim. You go to work.
    2. You continue to claim CA and IS as a joint claim and attend the interview and see what they say about your circumstances.
    3. You continue to claim CA but work up to the allowed rate. (I'll find a link for the amount) You would lose your Income Support.
    4. Your wife claims CA and you work full time.

    You could try putting the different scenarios into the benefit calculator on www.entitledto.co.uk to see how it would affect other benefits or go to CAB for a better off calculation.

    More importantly would you be able to work and support your wife with the children?
    Originally posted by pmlindyloo
    Thank so much, you are being so helpful

    I will go to the interview that was supposed to be for my wife, and explain our situation.

    I think I could manage to work part time

    Does anybody know how many hours I am allowed to work and still be a carer?
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 6th Sep 17, 5:29 PM
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    Thank so much, you are being so helpful

    I will go to the interview that was supposed to be for my wife, and explain our situation.

    I think I could manage to work part time

    Does anybody know how many hours I am allowed to work and still be a carer?
    Originally posted by AG47
    if your wife has received the letter about an interview then she must go. You could go with her.

    Look at the link I gave you for hours and amount you can earn and still claim CA.
    • Placitasgirl
    • By Placitasgirl 6th Sep 17, 5:54 PM
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    You can earn up to £116 per week after tax if claiming CA.
    • AG47
    • By AG47 6th Sep 17, 6:27 PM
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    You can earn up to £116 per week after tax if claiming CA.
    Originally posted by Placitasgirl
    I'm claiming DLA, for my disabled child not carers allowance

    Does anybody know how many hrs I am allowed to work and still get DLA for my child?
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
    • nannytone
    • By nannytone 6th Sep 17, 6:32 PM
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    this isn't making sense.

    if you are not claiming carers allowance, what reason do you have for claiming income support?
    • Placitasgirl
    • By Placitasgirl 6th Sep 17, 7:02 PM
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    You asked how many hours you were able to work and still be a carer. It isn't dependent on hours worked, it's based on earned income. If you earn UP TO £116 per week after tax AND provide at AT LEAST 35 hours a week of care, you may claim Carers Allowance - it's nothing to do with the number of hours you work, hence why I mentioned the upper earning limit.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 6th Sep 17, 7:03 PM
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    I'm claiming DLA, for my disabled child not carers allowance

    Does anybody know how many hrs I am allowed to work and still get DLA for my child?
    Originally posted by AG47
    You must be claiming carers Allowance to be able to claim Income support, unless you have a child under the age of 5. The amount of hours you work won't affect your childs DLA.
    • AG47
    • By AG47 6th Sep 17, 7:49 PM
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    this isn't making sense.

    if you are not claiming carers allowance, what reason do you have for claiming income support?
    Originally posted by nannytone
    Sorry my mistake we do get CA

    We are looking after our disabled son, he gets highest level DLA and yes I do get CA
    Last edited by AG47; 06-09-2017 at 7:52 PM.
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
    • AG47
    • By AG47 6th Sep 17, 7:55 PM
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    You asked how many hours you were able to work and still be a carer. It isn't dependent on hours worked, it's based on earned income. If you earn UP TO £116 per week after tax AND provide at AT LEAST 35 hours a week of care, you may claim Carers Allowance - it's nothing to do with the number of hours you work, hence why I mentioned the upper earning limit.
    Originally posted by Placitasgirl
    Thanks so much, I'm going to look for a part time job of total £116wk after tax,

    May even consider self employment

    Would I qualify for WTC?
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
    • AG47
    • By AG47 6th Sep 17, 7:56 PM
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    Another question please, I wonder I I may qualify for New enterprise allowance
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 6th Sep 17, 8:04 PM
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    Another question please, I wonder I I may qualify for New enterprise allowance
    Originally posted by AG47
    I don't believe you're eligible for that.. check this ..
    https://www.gov.uk/moving-from-benefits-to-work/starting-your-own-business
    • AG47
    • By AG47 7th Sep 17, 9:06 AM
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    Is it possible to qualify for WTC and careers allowance ?

    If I got a part time job earning about £100 wk then went self employed to make up the hours to 24

    First year wouldn't make much profit from new business
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
    • AG47
    • By AG47 7th Sep 17, 9:07 AM
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    Our situation is we both have to be full time carers for our disabled son, he needs 24/7 care.

    At the moment only I'm officially the carer, is it possible to change this,? It should be joint claim as carers, but I don't know how to go about doing this.

    Sometimes my wife does more than me, and sometimes she finds it hard to cope and I'm the one who has to stay up all night
    Nothing has been fixed since 2008, it was just pushed into the future
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 7th Sep 17, 9:18 AM
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    Based on what you are saying you should both go to the interview, explain the situation and go from there.

    Are you getting some support for your child?

    You can only get one lot of Carer's Allowance for your child. There is no such thing as a joint claim.
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