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Need advice on various benefits
seashell60 Posts: 3Member Listener
Hi, I currently receive ESA Support group since having b/c treatment d having to take ill health retirement (I'm now 57). I recently was awarded PIP standard day living component but not mobility(was only awarded 4points). Was then advised that as my 17 yr old son has left college and is struggling to find work, he should apply for Carers Allowance which was successful. Then he was told to apply for Income Support with a Carers Premium top up, but we are now a Universal Credit live area, so we went to the meeting in our Job Centre to apply, and as my son is under 18, he had to be approved under special circumstances which came through on Dec 18. His first payment was Dec 30 and checking his UC online we are so confused as to the amount the UC people have worked out (the UC plus the Carers Premium top up were added together, but then the UC took away more than a months worth of his normal Carers Allowance leaving him with a third of his original monthly award. We are thinking what was the whole point of going through the process to lose two thirds. After consulting with another benefits forum they're confused and also think it all sounds wrong. Is there a different way in which my son can apply for the Carers Premium with no penalties? Thank you, seashell 60