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Claim for carers allowance

suzyk15suzyk15 Member Posts: 15 Connected
edited July 2018 in Carer's allowance
Hi I'm claiming universal credit.
Put a claim in for carers allowance
Had letter today saying I coukd receive it but there wauting ti hear bk frim universal credit regarding what ill be paid.
I made the claim frim fab 12 when i started caring for my mum will it be backdated?
I've also read up about a carer element?which is paid if on universal credit 
In confused to what ill receive and how much?
Can you please help
Regards sue

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  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Member Posts: 5,856 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @suzyk15, and a warm welcome to the community!

    I'm sure some of our members who have better insight into CA will be able to advise you, but in the meantime, perhaps give the online benefits calculator a try to give you an idea of what your entitlement could be?
  • suzyk15suzyk15 Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Been reading up on other sites on one it says carers element will not be paid automatically even though I'm on universal credit .had a letter yesterday saying I'm entitked to carers allowance and there waiting for advice from my local benefits office to see how much I will be paid this is very cinfusing please can someone help 
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hello suzyk15

    You can get an additional £156.45 per month if you are caring for a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours a week, which is the carers element.

    You DO NOT have to claim Carer's Allowance  (CA) to get this element. This is probably why you have read that a carers element is not paid automatically. That is UC will assess individual cases to see if a person qualifies for a carers element.  I however suspect that it will be easier to prove that you are looking after a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours a week if you do get UC.

    Not only should your UC increase but your work conditionality should change  that is you are placed in the No Work Related Requirement group.

    Maria 

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  • suzyk15suzyk15 Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Hi Maria thanks for the reply.
    I've been getting universal credit since last year.
    I started caring for my mum on feb 12 .
    I made a claim for carers allowance which I started getting weekly last wk.£64.60
    I rang universal credit up to tell them I'd started caring from Feb 12, they said I will get carers element £156.45 paid monthly .
    My first payment due on 15 august they told me  
    Will it be so much universal credit added to carer element?
    Will he carcar element be backdated from feb12
    It's very confusing
    Regards sue
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,113 Disability Gamechanger
    suzyk15 said:
    Hi Maria thanks for the reply.
    I've been getting universal credit since last year.
    I started caring for my mum on feb 12 .
    I made a claim for carers allowance which I started getting weekly last wk.£64.60
    I rang universal credit up to tell them I'd started caring from Feb 12, they said I will get carers element £156.45 paid monthly .
    My first payment due on 15 august they told me  
    Will it be so much universal credit added to carer element?
    Will he carcar element be backdated from feb12
    It's very confusing
    Regards sue
    As i already stated in a previous reply to you, yes your Carers Element will be back dated to Feb. As i explained, because you've claimed CA, this will be deducted from your UC and CA will then pay you. UC then add the Carers Element to your UC. Works out you'll be £156 per month better off. You didn't need to ring UC because you've claimed CA and CA will contact UC and the element will automatically be added to UC.
    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.
  • suzyk15suzyk15 Member Posts: 15 Connected
    I had to ring universal credit as my circumstances have changed they had to change my claimant commitment.i then had a letter off them asking me to sign my commitment. I've read on other sites that universal credit have to be informed of any changes .
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