Carer's allowance
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CARERS Allowance shortfall.

DaveDeeDaveDee Member Posts: 22 Connected
After Industrial Injury to both heelbones my wife was unable to claim as she too was on ESA at time of my DLA & PIP. After 9 years wife able to claim CA for me after losing her ESA, but  paid less than full allowance because I had ESA with extra allowed for carer and supprt group. Now am retired at 65 and ESA replaced with State Pension, wife just gets £ 62 CA, is there a shortfall in her payment or my pension as Now do not get extra for my wife being my carer?

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    Those that claim state pension can't be paid Carers Allowance. If pension credit is claimed then they can't get extra ontop of this.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    DaveDee,
    If you are now of state pension age and your wife is not, then you getting state pension and your wife getting CA sounds right. £62.70 is the correct amount of carer's allowance.

    I'm wondering if your wife might also be entitled to PIP, or whether she has ever tried to claim industrial injuries disablement benefit? It really does depend on how badly the injury affects her, though.

    The way to see if you can get extra because of your wife being your carer is to claim Pension Credit, if you haven't already. Pension Credit is a benefit which looks at your circumstances and income. It can include an amount to reflect caring.

    You can claim pension credit by phone. Even if you can't get pension credit, you might be entitled to housing benefit or council tax support from your local authority. For example, housing benefit has a calculation which includes a carer premium & this can help you to get help.

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  • DaveDeeDaveDee Member Posts: 22 Connected
    Thanks for your advices but wife failed PIP a few years ago and despite my asking her to retry she feels intimidated by the process. Cannot claim Housing Benefit as am outright homeowner. Turned down for Pension Credit so seems older disabled people just have to rattle on by in life with less benefits to assist. Other peope we know get pension credit and husbands have £thousands from working and travel the world on holidays galore. Just re read your comments and may have misled you as it was myself with shattered heelbones after falling from top of a lorry I drove. Think it is Ind Injy Ben stopping pension credit DIABOLICAL.
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