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Can I claim carers allowance for myself?

wendyenwendyen Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited February 2018 in Carer's allowance
I am claiming PIP on standard rate for daily living and enhanced rate for mobility. We used to claim carers allowance for my husband being my carer but stopped when he started work. I now have various people coming to help me with general thing like cleaning etc. Is it possible for me to claim the carers allowance myself so that I can pay for the help I receive.

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  • JennysDadJennysDad Member Posts: 2,308 Pioneering
    Hi @wendyen, and welcome to the community. We're glad to have you with us.
    I'm not an authority on benefits, so cannot answer your specific question, but we have plenty of people here who know the subject inside out. If you will bear with us, they will start to get in touch with you soon.
    We're here, and listening, and if you have any other questions/issues, don't hesitate to talk to us.
    Hope that helps for the moment,
    Warmest best wishes,
    Richard
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,017 Scope community team
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    As far as I'm aware you cannot be the recipient of Carers Allowance. As you are the person who is cared for.

    Scope
    Specialist Information Officer - Cerebral Palsy
  • blackstarblackstar Member Posts: 4 Listener
  • blackstarblackstar Member Posts: 4 Listener
    but if you have hubby he can claim, daughter or son friend

  • blackstarblackstar Member Posts: 4 Listener
    ok I see hubby working so he can claim from time he stops work till morning.
  • wendyenwendyen Member Posts: 6 Listener
    ok. Thank you everyone for the advice. 
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    Scope
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  • wendyenwendyen Member Posts: 6 Listener
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi wendyen,

    No, only the carer for the disabled person is able to claim Carer's Allowance. If your husband now earns over £116 a week from employment he won't be able to get it. Does anybody else look after you for 35 hours a week or more and earns less than £116 from employment?

    Lee
    The Benefits Training Co:
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    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • wendyenwendyen Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thank you Lee. My husband earns more than the allowed limit and help is from my two daughters-in-law and my sons, between them. They all work full time. No worries, I shall just keep on with the arrangement we all have. But thank you again.
  • CharlyCharly Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Do you have a friend that regularly visits and helps
  • wendyenwendyen Member Posts: 6 Listener
    No Charly, my help comes from relatives who work shifts and my husband who also works. Between them I have someone here most of the time, but not the same person. Thank you for your input anyway. I have managed this way for a good many years and will just have to carry on, provided my family don't mind.
  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Member Posts: 5,856 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm sorry to hear that, @wendyen. In case you haven't seen it already, you may be interested in this resource on extra money and help PIP entitles you to, in case it's of any use.
  • wendyenwendyen Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thank you Pippa, I shall look and enquire if any of these thing applies to me. Thanks for your help
  • CeceliaCecelia Member Posts: 1 Listener
    My husband used to receive carer's allowance when I looked after him, but he has since passed away. I have chronic osteoarthritis, I have had two knee replacements and one revision also just recovered from a hip replacement. Today I have had a steroid injection in my shoulder. I am also recovering from polymyalger. I need help with housework and the garden and pay for two hours for each. Is it possible for me to claim so that I can pay these helpers? I am not claiming any disability allowance but do have a blue badge for my car. Any help and advice would be gratefully received thankyou .
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    Cecelia said:
    My husband used to receive carer's allowance when I looked after him, but he has since passed away. I have chronic osteoarthritis, I have had two knee replacements and one revision also just recovered from a hip replacement. Today I have had a steroid injection in my shoulder. I am also recovering from polymyalger. I need help with housework and the garden and pay for two hours for each. Is it possible for me to claim so that I can pay these helpers? I am not claiming any disability allowance but do have a blue badge for my car. Any help and advice would be gratefully received thankyou .
    I'm sorry to hear that.

    You can't claim carers allowance for looking after yourself. I'm assuming that your husband claimed a disability benefit so you used to claim carers allowance for looking after him.

    A person can claim carers allowance for looking after someone else if they they claim a disability benefit such as PIP daily living, DLA mid/high rate care or Attendance Allowance.

    It maybe worth requesting a needs assessment from your local council. https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/practical-support/getting-care-and-support/needs-assessment

    You can refer yourself for this by contact social services of your local council.



    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.
  • Delmac33Delmac33 Member Posts: 1 Listener
    Hi @wendyen,
    Would just like to inform you and other members that I am not an authority on this subject matter but I do personally know someone who has carers allowance paid directly to them and not to his carer, though I am unsure of how this has come to be.  So there is definitely a way for you to receive carers allowance to pay for your recieved help. 
    Hope this helps and does not stir up a hornet's nest 

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    Delmac33 said:
    Hi @wendyen,
    Would just like to inform you and other members that I am not an authority on this subject matter but I do personally know someone who has carers allowance paid directly to them and not to his carer, though I am unsure of how this has come to be.  So there is definitely a way for you to receive carers allowance to pay for your recieved help. 
    Hope this helps and does not stir up a hornet's nest 


    HI,

    A link of proof would be useful here because my benefit knowledge is quite extensive and it's not possible to claim carers allowance for looking after yourself. The SDP would be the benefit to claim, if the criteria applies and the claimant is claiming the correct benefits.
    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.
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