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    • 040178
    • By 040178 30th Nov 17, 2:54 PM
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    cancer diagnosis
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    • 30th Nov 17, 2:54 PM
    cancer diagnosis 30th Nov 17 at 2:54 PM
    Please help

    DH currently receives the following
    DLA HR care
    DLA HR mobility
    ESA contributions based

    I currently receive
    IS
    Child benefit
    Child tax credits
    Carer alowance.
    Housing benefit

    I gave up work March 2016 to look after DH full time this week i have been diagnosed with breast cancer and will require surgery, radio theraphy and possibly chemo after that. Currenty trying to work out how this will work as i will need to have a carer in for DH whilst I am unable to look after him.

    Before I go to the benefits office on Monday can anyone shed some light on what will happen to our benefits. I am worried that if i am taken of IS i will lose the housing benefit which we need.

    when my DH was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 he was immediatley put on to DLA on the HR and has remained there ever since but i dont think he will be entitled to Housing benefit on the DLA

    really confused right now
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    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 30th Nov 17, 3:18 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:18 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:18 PM
    Has your husband's condition improved at all since 2008?

    You'll need to cancel your IS and Carers Allowance and your husband can add you to his ESA claim and apply for a means tested top up (which would also cover housing benefit). Depending on your area that could come under Universal Credit.
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 30th Nov 17, 3:26 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:26 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:26 PM
    It could be worth you contacting MacMillan. They have benefit advisers who should be able to help you through all ths.

    I wish you the best with your treatment
    • thorsoak
    • By thorsoak 30th Nov 17, 3:42 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:42 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:42 PM
    So sorry to read your first post - and hoping that the prognosis is good for you both. I reiterate NeilCr's suggestion about MacMillan - they were extremely helpful - giving practical and financial advice when my OH was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer xxx
    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 30th Nov 17, 3:44 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:44 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:44 PM
    It could be worth you contacting MacMillan. They have benefit advisers who should be able to help you through all ths.

    I wish you the best with your treatment
    Originally posted by NeilCr
    I agree Macmillan are the people who can help. https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/organising/benefits-and-financial-support/benefits-and-your-rights/index.html#161427
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    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 30th Nov 17, 6:27 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 6:27 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 6:27 PM
    Will getting somebody in to help with caring responsibilities mean the the OP can't continue to claim CA & IS? As long as she is at home, and able to provide care for 5 hours per day on average, wouldn't entitlement continue?
    I'm not looking for moral judgements on the rights and wrongs, but for a factual response.
    • _shel
    • By _shel 1st Dec 17, 5:21 AM
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    Will getting somebody in to help with caring responsibilities mean the the OP can't continue to claim CA & IS? As long as she is at home, and able to provide care for 5 hours per day on average, wouldn't entitlement continue?
    I'm not looking for moral judgements on the rights and wrongs, but for a factual response.
    Originally posted by TELLIT01
    Factually yes she can still claim both, !!!!!! morals
    • 040178
    • By 040178 3rd Dec 17, 2:17 AM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 2:17 AM
    Thank you for the responses. Hopefully this will answer some questions

    No DH has not improved he was diagnosed with Terminal can enter many years ago and has had several recurrences. Following all the surgery/chemo he now has very limited mobility as more frequently uses a chair when we are out, canít manage stairs and walks with a stick. Poor vision, night time incontinence, high falls risk and epilepsy. He requires care for all daily activities from personal care to medications, cooking, getting out etc this care has always been provided by me whilst I was working full time and since I gave up work last year as it was getting too much. Never have we been offered any outside carer support. I also have 2 junior school age children to consider.

    Now whilst I go through surgery and treatment I will be possibly at times be limited on what I can actually do, to be honest I have no idea how this will all affect me. But I know that I will need to have someone in to help with care for DH and children I did even consider an au pair for the children but it all costs money. Family is not really an option as we donít have many around us who donít have their out full time jobs certainly no retired parents to move in and help out.i do thankfully have some good friends.

    Having read about the many benefits previously when I filled out these forms my concern was that they say you need to have been ill for at least 3 months. If I stop caring now when I go for surgery it wonít be 3 months so I wonít be able to claim anything
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 3rd Dec 17, 7:59 AM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 7:59 AM
    Thank you for the responses. Hopefully this will answer some questions

    No DH has not improved he was diagnosed with Terminal can enter many years ago and has had several recurrences. Following all the surgery/chemo he now has very limited mobility as more frequently uses a chair when we are out, canít manage stairs and walks with a stick. Poor vision, night time incontinence, high falls risk and epilepsy. He requires care for all daily activities from personal care to medications, cooking, getting out etc this care has always been provided by me whilst I was working full time and since I gave up work last year as it was getting too much. Never have we been offered any outside carer support. I also have 2 junior school age children to consider.

    Now whilst I go through surgery and treatment I will be possibly at times be limited on what I can actually do, to be honest I have no idea how this will all affect me. But I know that I will need to have someone in to help with care for DH and children I did even consider an au pair for the children but it all costs money. Family is not really an option as we donít have many around us who donít have their out full time jobs certainly no retired parents to move in and help out.i do thankfully have some good friends.

    Having read about the many benefits previously when I filled out these forms my concern was that they say you need to have been ill for at least 3 months. If I stop caring now when I go for surgery it wonít be 3 months so I wonít be able to claim anything
    Originally posted by 040178
    That only applies to PIP which is the benefit that's replaced DLA. If you stop claiming Carers Allowance and your Income Support stops then you'll be able to be put onto your husbands ESA claim and have the premiums added.
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