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Hello All....
Can anyone enlighten me to my query regarding carers allowance...
ME,im single male aged 52 and i'm in ESA support group and get £250 a fortnight but mum has needs now after minor stroke and as i live 1 mile away she asked me to find out if i'd be better or worse of if i was caring for her. Mum is 77 & single and lives alone gets DLA AND SDP and is on State Pension with Guarantee Pension Credit. I have been in support group for 11 months now so will i best move down to Income Support or move to JSA or just the Basic ESA i just dont undersand how things work..
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Steven
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  • pmlindyloo
    pmlindyloo Posts: 13,051 Forumite
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    STEVENGS wrote: »
    Hello All....
    Can anyone enlighten me to my query regarding carers allowance...
    ME,im single male aged 52 and i'm in ESA support group and get £250 a fortnight but mum has needs now after minor stroke and as i live 1 mile away she asked me to find out if i'd be better or worse of if i was caring for her. Mum is 77 & single and lives alone gets DLA AND SDP and is on State Pension with Guarantee Pension Credit. I have been in support group for 11 months now so will i best move down to Income Support or move to JSA or just the Basic ESA i just dont undersand how things work..
    Thanks
    Steven

    If you claim Carer's Allowance then your mum will lose her SDP (Severe disability premium) as not having anyone claiming CA for her is part of the 'rules' to get it awarded.

    So, probably not a good idea!

    As regards your benefits you can stay on ESA for as long as you are in the support group, no need to change.
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    pmlindyloo thanks for that info...:T
    BTW if i dont qualify for EAS SG due to say not meeting the rules would i go onto UC or IS i have a ESA50 coming sometime in march. Also would i get the £63 CA and EAS together or what??
  • nannytone_2
    nannytone_2 Posts: 12,951 Forumite
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    if you claimed carers allowance your ESA would be decreased by the same amount and a premium added.
    this would make you around $35 s week better off, but your mum would lose $62 a week.
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    Nanny those are £ not $ lol. would that be the carer premium thats added. Also if i left my ESA and went on JSA would i still sign on or be allowed not to attend Job Center. i am looking at all options..
  • nannytone_2
    nannytone_2 Posts: 12,951 Forumite
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    if you claimed JSA then you would have to seek employment like everyone else.
    most carers would claim income support. they would still be called occasionally for work focused interviews, but are under no obligation to seek work.

    JSA and CA, and Income support and CA would;d be about £108 a week and your mother would still lose £62 a week.

    wouldn't it be simpler to stay as you are and she could give you the extra £34 a week that you'd receive by claiming CA ?
    it would save her almost £30 a week
  • missbiggles1
    missbiggles1 Posts: 17,481 Forumite
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    STEVENGS wrote: »
    Hello All....
    Can anyone enlighten me to my query regarding carers allowance...
    ME,im single male aged 52 and i'm in ESA support group and get £250 a fortnight but mum has needs now after minor stroke and as i live 1 mile away she asked me to find out if i'd be better or worse of if i was caring for her. Mum is 77 & single and lives alone gets DLA AND SDP and is on State Pension with Guarantee Pension Credit. I have been in support group for 11 months now so will i best move down to Income Support or move to JSA or just the Basic ESA i just dont undersand how things work..
    Thanks
    Steven

    Surely the care you give your mother isn't down to whether or not you're better off? Giving care and claiming CA aren't the same thing.
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    missbiggles1 yes i agree but thats the way she put it across. my answer was after looking for info was no one can be better off with any benefit, she just was unsure i think and we now know that , It's mnd boggling the way its set up with overlapping this etc..
  • tomtontom
    tomtontom Posts: 7,929 Forumite
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    Given that you're unwell yourself, are you fit to care for someone for 35 hours a week?
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    Will be soon hence my desire to remove myself from esa support group my stoma nurse is confident i;ll cope with it once final test of all the gubbings is done mid feb.
  • System
    System Posts: 178,102 Community Admin
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    tomtontom wrote: »
    Given that you're unwell yourself, are you fit to care for someone for 35 hours a week?
    If two people both on DLA can claim carers for each other then I would think that for somebody who's illness only qualifies them for ESA it would be a doddle
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