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Universal Credit and Carers

deebronnydeebronny Posts: 9Member Listener
edited February 14 in Universal Credit
Hi, I am looking for some advice about my universal credit. I started claiming U/C on the 6th of november 2019 and in February had the carers element added because I am caring for my partner and didnt realise I was entitled to that. I also applied for carers allowance in January and found out today that they are planning on back dating it to the 6th of November as I shouldve been claim it then. I know that carers is taken £1 for £1 out of your U/C money but I'm wondering if I recieve this back payment that's close to £1000 will this be taken out of my U/C ? I just cant seem to work it out or find any information about it anywhere and I need to know so I can manage my money to make sure I'm not left short.
Thanks in advance 🤗

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 17,702Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    Yes, the carers allowance backdated money will be classed as an overpayment for UC. This means that you will need to repay it back future UC payments and your monthly amount will be reduced until it's been paid back.

    Just so that you're aware, unless you live in Scotland the only advantage to claiming the carers allowance is that they pay class 1 NI credits, where as on UC you receive class 3. You can claim the carers element of UC without claiming carers allowance.

    May i ask then you started your claim for UC did you report that you were a carer? If you did then the carers element can be backdated.

    Hope this helps.
    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.
  • janer1967janer1967 Posts: 550Member Pioneering
    @deebronny Hello and welcome to the community, I am a community champion here at scope. Its always nice to see new members here. Have a look round the site and feel free to join in any discussions
  • LouiseHLouiseH Posts: 21Member Courageous
    Hi @deebronny welcome to the group 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,268Administrator Scope community team
    Welcome to the community @deebronny! Is there anything further we can help with?

    Please do have a look around and get involved. :)
    Community Partner

    Scope
  • deebronnydeebronny Posts: 9Member Listener
    Thank you for replying...can I ask if you know wether I just wont get any U/C for the next 2/3 months roughly or will they be taking it out gradually the way they would for an advance? I tried ringing them and asking but the agent hadn't a clue. He actually said that he didnt know, which is mind blowing 🤦‍♀️
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 17,702Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 18
    It will be taken gradually until it's paid back.
    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.
  • deebronnydeebronny Posts: 9Member Listener
    Awe thank god, was really worried about not getting anything for 2/3 months. Thank you so much, you've been so helpful, unlike the actual u/c advisors 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 17,702Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    You’re welcome. Yes, I must admit their knowledge isn’t great but that’s because they’ve had very little training. Glad I could help 😊
    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.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Posts: 3,593Member - under moderation Disability Gamechanger
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 7,268Administrator Scope community team
    Hi @deebronny, I'm glad @poppy123456 was able to answer this for you.

    I hope it all works out okay. :)
    Community Partner

    Scope
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