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OAP Pension and Carer's Credit .

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My wife will be 66 in april 2023 and able to claim her oap .
In november she applied for carer's credit to top up a year for her oap as she has been caring for her dad with dementia .
She should have had a reply in 3 weeks but we have learned it now takes 3 months due to staff shortages so she has had no decision .
Last week she was sent a code to apply for her oap and today we received the letter telling her the amount was £796 every 4 weeks .
When the decision on her carer's credit is made will the two departments communicate with each other to hopefully increase her pension slightly .
We have only one month to appeal the decision on her oap amount and if the carer's credit takes longer we are out of time .

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  • Marcon
    Marcon Posts: 11,110 Forumite
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    edited 18 January 2023 at 11:45AM
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    alfmurph said:
    My wife will be 66 in april 2023 and able to claim her oap .
    In november she applied for carer's credit to top up a year for her oap as she has been caring for her dad with dementia .
    She should have had a reply in 3 weeks but we have learned it now takes 3 months due to staff shortages so she has had no decision .
    Last week she was sent a code to apply for her oap and today we received the letter telling her the amount was £796 every 4 weeks .
    When the decision on her carer's credit is made will the two departments communicate with each other to hopefully increase her pension slightly .
    We have only one month to appeal the decision on her oap amount and if the carer's credit takes longer we are out of time .
    I'd appeal now. Give details of why you think the amount is wrong. Point out that as she has not had a reply in relation to her claim for carer's credit made on [date] (and she understands the approach she made in November could take 3 months for a response), she will be out of time to appeal if she waits for that reply. 
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • alfmurph
    alfmurph Posts: 220 Forumite
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    We phoned pension dept and told them the story . Apparently you can still appeal after one month and if the decision goes in her favour the carer's credit team contact HMRC .

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