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    • cwrtcoed
    • By cwrtcoed 13th Apr 18, 10:24 AM
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    Claims help 13th Apr 18 at 10:24 AM
    Hi
    My wife is currently ill and have been for the past 10 months.
    Due to her illness she's on high rate mobility and pip and not expected to return to work. I'm working full time but she has carers in 4 times a day in addition I also care for her when I get hom from work
    What can we actually claim for? I've read up about reduction in council tax, carers allowance, heating, enhanced pension due to her condition.
    I know it sounds as if I'm scrounging but my wife and I have worked hard all our lives so I'm in unfamiliar territory.
    Her half pay ends in June this year and I still have bills to pay so need some good advice.
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    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 13th Apr 18, 10:46 AM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 10:46 AM
    if you wife is of working age, then possibly Contribution Based (or New Style) ESA:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/employment-and-support-allowance/before-you-apply-for-esa/eligiblility-for-esa/
    This is not means tested, but depends on NI contributions in the last two tax years.
    If placed in the Support Group it can continue indefinitely.
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    • By pmlindyloo 13th Apr 18, 10:58 AM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 10:58 AM
    Hi
    My wife is currently ill and have been for the past 10 months.
    Due to her illness she's on high rate mobility and pip and not expected to return to work. I'm working full time but she has carers in 4 times a day in addition I also care for her when I get hom from work
    What can we actually claim for? I've read up about reduction in council tax, carers allowance, heating, enhanced pension due to her condition.
    I know it sounds as if I'm scrounging but my wife and I have worked hard all our lives so I'm in unfamiliar territory.
    Her half pay ends in June this year and I still have bills to pay so need some good advice.
    Originally posted by cwrtcoed
    It is possible that your wife can claim contribution based ESA now if she is receiving contractual sick pay as this would not affect her entitlement.

    The best thing to do is to put in a claim now and let them tell you whether she is entitled to this.

    Carer's Allowance cannot be paid to you because you are working full time.

    As regards council tax reduction you would need to contact your local council as they all have their own schemes. It may be that your wife is disregarded in their calculation and you might be entitled to a 25% deduction in your council tax. Depends on your local council.
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