Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who are giving regular and substantial care to disabled people. A carers element is added to the UC of £156 per month. I don’t know about UC but when you get income support your carers allowance is deducted from your income support. It's still your responsibility to ring and tell them because you shouldn't have received it. their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community. As your son claims ESA and he's under 25 then you shouldn't have any non dependent deductions from your housing benefit, you need to check this with your local council. Carers Allowance is deducted £1 for £1 from UC payments so there will be a deduction of approximately £280 per month anyway. I'm afraid they can recover the overpayment, maybe not the full £280 per month on top of the £280 already deducted for carers allowance but certainly a deduction. Open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm. I am still waiting for a response from the UC team, Receive all the latest news and information about Scope, be entered into a prize draw to win a £30 shopping voucher. We have all the proof from them in letters stating they knew we have been getting uc benefit and that they would need to check with them before issuing any backdating payments. This award was given for supporting disabled people and If you are getting universal credit you may be able to get a ‘carer’s element’ which is an extra amount of money if you are caring for someone for at least 35 hours a week and meet certain other criteria. But seen on other websites it is affected? As you have already received the money because you were already claiming UC then it will be classed as a UC overpayment. I know money he's getting does not affect my income. It's possible that you can receive the carers element of UC added to your claim but this will depend on your circumstances. My partner claimed carers allowance for me made them aware that we claim universal credit but today they have put over £2000 in her bank. I only now get carers allowance every week. Your Carers allowance affects Income Support and a carers premium is added. CAB has advised me that due to me being classed as vulnerable to request the recovery of the money is set aside awaiting a call back from case manager now to discuss. If you are on a low income or unemployed, you may be able to claim Universal Credit (UC) which is a means-tested benefit (meaning the amount of income and capital you have can affect your eligibility). All we can do is ask for a discretion not to recover to be considered as why should we be punished for CA error. Can anyone shed some info please thanks. Carer's Allowance is an overlapping benefit and has always been deducted from Universal Credit (and legacy benefits). To claim the carer’s element you must be caring for a severely disabled person for 35 hours a week or more. I get what you are all saying but it does state on the link poppy sent me that discretion is a possibility. You need to make sure that UC have added the carers element. But they stated on the letter we had 3 days ago. Open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm. Saturday to Sunday 10am to 6pm. You can usually get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply: you're aged 16 or over Any advice please? It is possible that you could already have the carer element, because under universal credit, you don't necessarily have to have carers allowance to get that element. Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. When claiming UC there's no need to claim carers allowance because you can claim the carers element without claiming carers allowance. Then your partner receives the carers allowance separately. See link. If this is your first visit, check out the, I wondered if anyone knows why the car's allowance has been deducted from ym universal credit this month? If it was me i wouldn't spend it and i'd pay it back as one lump sum, otherwise your UC furture payments will decrease further because of the overpayment. It looks like you're new here. I'm not sure what CAB can do here, other than give the advice you've been given here. Saturday to Sunday 10am to 6pm. It’s worth £162.92 a month (almost £38 a … I have been on UC & CA for over a year and this is the first time it has been taken off. If you've been claiming UC for the whole time then you won't receive any backdated money. plus Housing Benefit (I still pay £35 rent a week, £64 council tax a month). Hi I'm on Carers allowance for my son and get housing benefit. Check if you can get Carer’s Allowance. I am now 60 and get two pensions (only total £225 a month, not enough to live on) that wiped out my income support. UC is different. Well surely because I'm classed as vulnerable they need to consider discretion they cant take nearly £600 a month off a vulnerable person. Carers Allowance is classed as income when calculating UC payments and will be deducted £1 for £1 (approximately £280 per month) Carers allowance then pay you each week. Hi Sorry for confusing everyone! Scope website does not list Carers Allowance as a benefit that's affected by UC. Put all your details into a benefits calculator and see what it comes up with but both your pension are counted as income and will affect what you can claim. So, for ESA and IS when claiming carers allowance you're £36 per week better off and £156 per month when claiming UC. Over payments for couples over 25 at the standard rate is £74 per month. Carers who don’t qualify for Carer’s Allowance may qualify for Carer’s Credit. Dont see why we should have £280 a month taken off us until the payment is repaid when we done everything right our end. The only advantage to claiming carers allowance at the same time is the class 1 NI credits towards your state pension. The carer element of Universal Credit is worth £162.92 a month in 2020-21. I'm confused by your questions. Do you live alone? Look after a son whos on enhanced PIP and just started ESA (been signed off as having depression and autism) by doc. This is because they're over lapping benefits. I know it replaces housing benefit. If you don't receive the LCWRA then you'll need to ask UC to add the Carers element, which is £160 per month. I live with my son, 24 years old, husband (who gets £100 pension a month) 2 beds, Housing Assoc house. It's highly likely that they will recover the payment. This is because you can't receive carers allowance twice. If you're receiving the LCWRA element in with your UC then you won't be able to claim the Carers element on top. Really confused. All overpayments for UC are recoverable, even if it's an offical error. I agree it's their error but for UC it's recoverable. - I'm penalised because I have a pension lump sum, so tarriff income is being applied at about £100 a month from my benefits. They have stated because we have already received the payment they cant automatically take it back off us but have given advice to request for UC to set it aside and not recover. My son gets enhanced PIP and ESA, which has just started and has not been called in for any interviews by DWP as yet to determine which group he will be in. You do not have to claim carers allowance to get the carers element with universal credit. You need to make sure that the carers element is added to future payments, if it isn't then add a note on your journal saying your partner is caring for you for 35 hours per week. My advice is to keep the money and offer to repay it as one lump sum and then it's done with. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons! How many bedrooms in your house and do you rent from social housing or privately? If this is your first visit, check out the, Hi can anyone help please....i have just recieved my carers allowance what has been back dated 3 months, but universal credit have takin it all, so i havnt received any payment of carers, i thought they was seperate claims and i should of got the carers money?????? How much is the carer element? They only write off a debt in the most extreme circumstances for UC. Spoken to carers allowance and even they said it shouldnt be recovered due to it being their error. In other words you are no better off financially with carers allowance than without. If the money came from carers allowance then you will need to ring them and UC because carers allowance is deducted £1 for £1 from your UC and you shouldn't have received that backdated money. Carer’s Allowance is a taxable benefit and forms part of your taxable income. Hope this helps. Think a call to local CAB is in order. Hello, was wondering if you had an update on this? (£291!) If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons! It looks like you're new here. The previous amount deducted should have been £286 but as CA increased in April it's increased to £291. If you were claiming any other benefit like ESA then it wouldn't be recoverable. You do normally get extra universal credit money when you claim carers allowance; because you have an award of CA, you are entitled to an addition on your universal credit claim called carer element. Why should they recover and punish us for something not our fault after all they would basically be risking a vulnerable person becoming homeless by recovering the money we was given because of CA incompetence, Receive all the latest news and information about Scope, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/661570/admf6.pdf, https://benefits-calculator.turn2us.org.uk/AboutYou, https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/26/dwp-staff-problems-leave-carers-with-years-of-overpaid-benefit-debt, http://england.shelter.org.uk/legal/benefits/universal_credit/payment_of_universal_credit/overpayments_of_universal_credit#_ednref3, https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Benefit-guides/Overpayments-under-the-Universal-Credit-system/How-is-an-overpayment-recovered, be entered into a prize draw to win a £30 shopping voucher.
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