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    • Mbramhall99
    • By Mbramhall99 11th Jan 18, 10:36 PM
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    Please may I have some advice?
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:36 PM
    Please may I have some advice? 11th Jan 18 at 10:36 PM
    Hi everybody,
    Sorry for being annoying or what not, but Iím just wondering if anybody could advice me on what Iím entitled to.

    So I have a disability which affects the way I walk, talk and have numerous seizures per day.

    Iím currently getting Full ESA, (£376 per week in support group) But now I have moved in with my partner so sheís can care and help me easier and I have lost my disability premiums, (£60+). and my girlfriend has lost her income suppor. (Which is understandable)

    I also get £306 PIP, (Middle rate).
    We have two children, but Iím just wondering, if my girlfriend applies for Carers Allowance. Will my PIP or ESA be reduced?

    Thanks in advanced.
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    • By NYM 11th Jan 18, 10:48 PM
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    If you don't get any replies this evening, please check back tomorrow as there are several posters that will give you excellent advice.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 11th Jan 18, 11:08 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 11:08 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 11:08 PM
    Hi everybody,
    Sorry for being annoying or what not, but I’m just wondering if anybody could advice me on what I’m entitled to.

    So I have a disability which affects the way I walk, talk and have numerous seizures per day.

    I’m currently getting Full ESA, (£376 per week in support group) But now I have moved in with my partner so she’s can care and help me easier and I have lost my disability premiums, (£60+). and my girlfriend has lost her income suppor. (Which is understandable)

    I also get £306 PIP, (Middle rate).
    We have two children, but I’m just wondering, if my girlfriend applies for Carers Allowance. Will my PIP or ESA be reduced?

    Thanks in advanced.
    Originally posted by Mbramhall99
    Is your partner working? If not i'm assuming you're claiming as a couple?

    Does your partner care for you for at least 35 hours a week? If so and she earns less than £116 per week after tax then yes she can claim CA for looking after you. It won't affect your PIP but as you can't claim CA and ESA together, what they will do is take the Carers Allowance off your ESA and add a premium of £34.60. CA will then pay her the £62.70. It will look like you're worse off at first but infact you'll be £34.60 per week better off.
    • Mbramhall99
    • By Mbramhall99 11th Jan 18, 11:15 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 11:15 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 11:15 PM
    Thanks for your response.

    No my partner isnít working.
    Weíre claiming as a couple yes.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 11th Jan 18, 11:19 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 11:19 PM
    A claim for CA can only be made online. It can also take anything from 8-12 weeks to process.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 11th Jan 18, 11:22 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 11:22 PM
    Thanks for your response.

    So if my partner applies for C.A, will be better off by £34?
    Originally posted by Mbramhall99
    Yes, that's correct. It's because of the overlapping benefit rule. I've recently gone through a CA claim for my daughter.

    edit to add £34 per week better off.
    • venison
    • By venison 11th Jan 18, 11:24 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 11:24 PM
    Thanks for your response.

    No my partner isnít working.
    Weíre claiming as a couple yes.

    So if my partner applies for C.A, will be better off by £34?
    Originally posted by Mbramhall99
    Yes providing all the criteria are met e.g care for you 35 hours per week, if she works then earns less than £116 per week.

    https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance
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    • By TELLIT01 12th Jan 18, 7:56 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 7:56 AM
    Does your partner care for you for at least 35 hours a week? If so and she earns less than £116 per week after tax then yes she can claim CA for looking after you. It won't affect your PIP but as you can't claim CA and ESA together, what they will do is take the Carers Allowance off your ESA and add a premium of £34.60. CA will then pay her the £62.70. It will look like you're worse off at first but infact you'll be £34.60 per week better off.
    Originally posted by poppy12345
    Poorly worded because CA and ESA can be claimed at the same time. The rest of the post is accurate in stating the the CA will be taken off the amount of ESA and the stated premium added.
    I wouldn't want people to think that they are unable to make a claim to ESA if in receipt of CA, or vice versa.
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