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Will we lose UC if we claim carers allowance?

katielou217katielou217 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited July 2018 in Carer's allowance
Ive just recieved my PIP and have been told to claim carers allowence. I have put the claim form in but me and my partner (my carer) have been told that because we are also on UC that he will loose his CA. Is this true.    Many Thanks. 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,147 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    No, you won't lose the CA but it'll be deducted from the UC claim and a carers element will be added. CA will then pay the £64 per week. You'll be approx £156 per month better off. The Carers Element will be back dated to the PIP start date providing your carer was caring for you for at least 35 hours per week when your PIP claim started. Complicated and confuses most people.

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  • katielou217katielou217 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you. We hace recieved CA but only a month. I put my pip in in janruary. But hasnt been backdated. Im still confused. My partner gets 258 a month but im loosing 211 a month from my money. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,147 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes the Carers allowance is deducted £1 for £1 from your UC but then they add a carers element of £156 ish per month. Carers Allowance then pay your partner. As you're claiming UC as a couple then it works out that you're actually £156 better off per month. 
    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.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 21,147 Disability Gamechanger
    You need to check your UC claim to make sure the carers element is being added. 
    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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