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Claiming carers allowance after giving up main job and working less hours, to care for teenager

edited 22 July 2020 at 6:50PM in Disability money matters
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edited 22 July 2020 at 6:50PM in Disability money matters
Hi there,
I have been employed and working 20 hours in a role for the last 1 and a half years. Daughter became really poorly last summer and I was off work a lot with her and she would sometimes come to work with me when possible. Daughter was diagnosed in March of this year and she was later awarded high rate care and low rate mobility until she is 16 which is a few years off. I was furloughed in April and at home, I knew realistically I needed to leave my job as it was no longer manageable ( I'm now back to doing the school run, daughter off school a lot, reduced timetable, lots of appointments etc).
During furlough I took on some agency work from home which finishes on 3rd August. I have also left my main pt job which ends on 30 July. 
I have a job in a school starting in September, and I will be working 4 hours a week until September then I will be working 14 hours a week in total over two jobs permanently.
From August 4th I will be earning under the threshold for carers allowance permanently.
I/We don't get any other benefits except child benefit for my daughter. My husband works full time but I am the main carer for her.
Will my previous earnings affect what I am now entitled in terms of carers allowance as of 4th August ? I'm a bit worried. I couldn't stay in my old job as it involved a lot of unpaid overtime, random hours and managing events and I was no longer reliable, and the agency work was due to end in August anyway.
Should I be applying for carers allowance from the 4th August ? I definitely meet the threshold for the amount of hours I spent caring for my daughter regardless of my job.
Thanks for reading if you got this far, sorry its an essay and a half !
 GSP Girl

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  • poppy12345poppy12345 Forumite
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    Your previous earnings won't affect your claim for carers allowance from 4th August. Unless you request it to be backdated for 3 months (which you can) then your previous earnings will affect it and you may not be able to backdate the claim.
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    Your previous earnings won't affect your claim for carers allowance from 4th August. Unless you request it to be backdated for 3 months (which you can) then your previous earnings will affect it and you may not be able to backdate the claim.
    Thank you, that's put my mind at rest. I'm super anxious at present and trying to find out correct information is problematic at the moment
  • Spoonie_TurtleSpoonie_Turtle Forumite
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    Only what you actually earn once you claim CA will count, so whatever you earned before is irrelevant.
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