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  1. I am so angry at my partner. I have just found out he is being investigated for benefit fraud. He received a letter asking him to go for an interview under caution regarding his housing benefit, income support and carers allowance. He was on these benefits before moving in with me. He has ignored the letter and missed the interview. I am intending on getting him to call tomorrow to talk to them and stop burying his head in the sand. He was down as his mother’s carer. He lived with a flat mate and had housing benefit and income support also paid. He started work and cancelled his income support and housing benefit. He wrongly assumed his carers allowance would be cancelled as a result too. He never contacted them though and as a result has about a years overpayment now. The carers allowance has always gone into his mother’s account and she always kept it herself. It was the arrangement they had...he got the income support and she kept the carers allowance. But because it continued to go into her account he never realised it was still being paid and she never said anything to him about it. Next thing we know he receives this letter. The letter states it’s also about housing benefit and income support too. He definitely didn’t receive them in the past year so I can only assume they’re doing a big investigation about everything he’s ever received now. Whats likely to happen to him?? I’m so worried and so angry at him for not phoning to cancel in the first place and being so stupid to just assume all benefits are linked and let each other know about any changes! I’m also so annoyed at his mother as she never said anything this whole year and was receiving money she was not entitled to in his name! He’s going to be the one facing the consequences but she’s been the one with the money in her account! What happens now? Will he be prosecuted?
  2. Hi all My wife has MS and claims PIP, she does not work, but does not claim any other benefits. She often falls and drops things, and is unable to walk easily. However she could be considered capable of work as she can touch her head etc. Having been made redundant earlier in the year, I have been living on my redundancy payment, and claiming carers allowance. Funds are beginning to running short, and I am now considering claiming Universal Credit. What I can't get my head round is if DWP decide that my wife is able to work, then how can I claim she needs me to care for her. Will we lose the carers allowance? Thanks for any advice!
  3. Please can some one give me some advice. On June 18th my wife had her carers allowance suspended as they wanted information about her wages. They asked for P60s or wage slips for the duration of her employment which is nearly 4 years. My wife sent her P60s straight away. They then wrote back to my wife a month later asking for more proof and informed her that they will be contacting her employer as well for her wage slips. Once again my wife complied to their request and sent her wage slips within the time frame they had asked for. Now today my wife has received another letter asking yet again for more information with regards to her wages however this time they are asking for information on wages she has not yet received. Despite my wife complying with everything they have asked for they still want more information about wages and she doesn't know what more she can give as she has sent them everything apart from information on wages she has not received yet. What is the best way for my wife to deal with this situation.
  4. Hi Husband restarted work 13th March informed ESA they did not acknowledge. So filled in Carers online form on 28th because, we could not get through on the phone. All was good and payments stopped on 16/04 as Esa still hadn't responded we were happy at least CA had completed to paperwork. CA sent a form to complete to see if my husband was still entitled however as self employed we had no info to put on form. so... Finally ESA after 3 recorded delivery letters updated the info and they were given earnings paperwork. We then had info to give to CA called them and explained ESA had only just completed paper work and now we can fill in the form and were able to send the information they required. They said don't worry about date to respond on letter just fill it in and send it back. So we sent payslips and all we had from the accountant earnings (the same paperwork given to ESA. Child tax credit was updated too with no change to entitlement too. Then received a letter 2 days ago from CA to say we did not inform the that my husband was no longer caring for me and why did we not tell them of the change in circumstances. ??? We did inform them of change in circumstances (my husband still cares for me and that's never going to change) the only thing we needed to confirm was earnings??? We have to respond to this letter but what can we tell them that we haven't already told them. I think we should just write "this is wrong we informed you on 28/03 and enclose the acknowledgement email received when we completed the online form" Any insight into this nonsense? Confused OSW
  5. Hi, This morning i received a tax refund from HMRC, as I have paid to much tax on my earnings when I shouldn't of. I contacted the carers allowance department and they have suspend my payments while they investigate, as they think I have been overpaid however my net pay is under their threshold because I've been paying tax. Can they claim it back from me as I was not at fault? Thanks
  6. Hello I am hoping someone can advice me on entitlement to carers allowance. I recently moved in with my mother to care for her. Previously I was full time self employed. I have been advised to apply for carers allowance as my mother will loose an aspect of her pension credit because I am living with her. I have asked social services if my mother can have a live in carer for one week in 6 so I can go back to Devon (my mother is in Dorset) and work one week in 6 to keep the business 'ticking over'. They have agreed to this in principle. I would not anticipate earning more than £3000 a year (at most) but am concerned that not caring for my mother EVERY week may mean i am not entitled to carers allowance. In all other aspects I should qualify. It seems one can 'take a break' from caring and still get carers allowance up to 4 weeks in 26. So that should be ok, but also one must be caring for the person for 22 of the past 26 weeks which would mean 4 weeks in one go is ok, but not one week every 6? I can find no information specifically addressing my issue. Any advice much appreciated.
  7. Hi. For the last 3 years, I've been the carer for my wife. Through unemployment, we have a joint ESA claim. Due to unemployment, I had the spare time to look after her, and did as I imagine any partner would do. The claim is in my wife's name, we get £280 a fortnight, as she was last put in the work related group, although her advisor believes she should be in support... But we need to wait for the next medical, and the people doing that have previously failed her 3 times with 0 points, before we went to court each time and they found she should have scored between 10 and 16. Anywhooo, it's a struggle. We recently had a friend, who was also on ESA. She lives alone, but has a partner. She got put in support group, and got enhanced disability, despite being far more capable than my wife of working. She gets £140 for that a fortnight, and gets a total of more than £100 than us. We asked at the CAB about what help the was for us, to see if my wife was entitled to more help and we were told to apply for enhanced disability and carers allowance. We did this 4 weeks ago (told it will take 9 for carers allowance to be checked). Enhanced disability, I phoned them for a time frame, and got told flat out that my wife was entitled to nothing. Because I'm not getting PIP (my wife does) as I'm her partner, and look after her, she is entitled to nothing. So I asked for their advice on what to do, to which he said don't bother with carers allowance. Because of I get it, at £62 a week, they will deduct £124 a fortnight from my wife so we end up with no difference, just a load of hassle? Is this true? I knew some of the £62 would be taken, but I thought you got an extra £30-something as a carers premium? So you do actually end up slightly better off? It's confused me now, and I don't know if it's with just cancelling it, to avoid the hassle of the benefit being split, deducted, etc. From what the disability premium guy said, it sounds like being in a relationship is a punishment, especially if you choose to be your partner's carer If it does work out better for us though, how much is back pay entitlement? It'll be 10 weeks from claim date by the time it is awarded, if we get it, but can it go further? We're a bit annoyed really, because our advisor knows I've been my wife's carer for 3 years, and not once has she mentioned the extra help we could get, that apparently we should have been able to request all that time ago
  8. Three weeks ago I got notification that my wife would not be entitled to claim for carers allowance because and at that time of the decision we were not in receipt of the disability benefits, in my case PIP. Can I ask for a mandatory decision on this now as PIP has been awarded and backdated to November 2016, and would now meet the crtieria not met a few weeks back, any help as always would be appreciated. SF
  9. Hi guys, I was hoping that someone would be able to help me. I currently claim carers allowance for my disabled adult son. I was thinking about doing a part time course through the OU. The course is pay time and I could apply for a part time study loan to pay the fees. I don't claim any out of work benefits but I do claim child benefit and child tax credit for my 15 year old son. My question is can I continue to claim carers allowance and apply for a part time study loan to pay for the course fees? Thanks Me x
  10. Hello Im new to this forum and wondered if anyone could help me, my husband has applied for carers allowance and I sent in all our business paperwork to be sent back a form to fill in listing certian ingoings and outgoings, part of our expenses my husband claims for are made up of Capital Allowanaces and I am trying to find out if they disregard the Capital Allowances when calculating your weekly take home money, they said they dont use HMRCs profit and loss figures to get the calculations from.
  11. Hi Recently come of age 65 and applied for my pension. No problem all ok. However upon getting my pension it would appear i cant have Carers Allowance and this will be stopped . Is this right as i still care for my wife on a daily basis. How can this be right as i feel a pension is not a benefit but cash i have paid in to the system . Your comments invited :mad2:
  12. Hi I am new to this so am hoping I am doing this in the right way. Does anyone know what "care" means when claiming CA? Do you just have to be available if needed or physically with someone. Any help would be great
  13. Just opening a thread on Carers. What benefits they can get. How earning a small wage can effect them,anything really about carers. What troubles they face. Where they can find help and where. What charities will help them with things they may need.For the people they care for. Whether a unpaid carer or paid carer. Maybe you are a charity and see many things and help so many.Good on you. Whether a Carer who is employed by a company and shoots round all over the towns and cities, what pressures you or they face. Does the company you work for treat you well. What pressure are you under. Too much paperwork do you feel. Do you think you are doing things you are not really trained for. Anything you want to say feel free. I personally have just finished helping someone care for someone and saw how hard it could be. Made a few observations in the little time i cared for someone. And wondered how it really is all over Great Britain.For the Carers in our communities. So soon i will find articles. Just wanted the thread out there. Another thought out of a cluttered mind. Are you a carer .How old are you. I believe many carers are young,some are pensioners i believe. What is lacking do you feel.If anything. The population is getting older,many more carers may be needed. Have your say. The Country would be lost without them of that i am sure. If you are outside looking in just register and have your say.We are a friendly lot. There you are. http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/register.php
  14. Can anyone tell me what happens to the carers allowance my wife receives for looking after me when she gets a reduced state pension next year. Thanks for any information given. pin62.
  15. Yesterday my mother sadly passed away and I have no idea in the slightest what to do regarding benefits. Theres so much to do already. Firstly I understand I will have to contact the DWP asap to get mums DLA stopped? Next, what do I actually do about my funds? I was on carers allowance for a few years for looking after my mum. In November my mental health problems deteriorated and I had to come off carers allowance to allow me a month or so to work on my own health. It's a very slow process getting help for mental health problems but as the ball was rolling I re-applied for carers allowance at the start of January since I started doing 35+ hours of care a week again for my mum. Unfortunately about a week after submitting the claim online, mum's illness declined and around the middle of January she was taken to hospital. She spent over 2 weeks in hospital and then the other day was moved to a hospice and she passed away yesterday. What can I do? I have heard nothing regarding my claim being processed yet. From what I can remember she will be sent forms to sign confirming that I am her carer but she is no longer with us of course. What do I say to the DWP? I dont think people get paid carers allowance if the person is in hospital so do I just tell them I only want to claim it backdated for 1 week (The time between applying and mum going to hospital). I had income support with carers allowance but when I cancelled my carers allowance I was oddly still being paid £91 income support every 2 weeks... Citizens advice did say income support is paid in arrears so maybe it's that? Or could it be I need to cancel income support as well? (I assumed that because CA entitled me to IS, that is CA was cancelled, IS would be too). Then it's the question of what now? IS entitles me to full housing benefit and a fair bit of council tax reduction, without that I have no money to actually pay my rent. So what do the government expect me to do? Give up my home and live on a family members sofa? Or to sign up for JSA? Even though I am clearly unfit to work at the moment but cant claim any disability benefits as mental health problems are never seen as a reason to not have to work. I just cant see how at a time like this when there is so much to do (arrange funeral, register death, close mums bank accounts, mourn etc) how the government can expect me to phone them up to get all of my money stopped and then end up losing my home too. Thanks
  16. I am posting a thread on behalf of my mother, She claims Income Support and Carers Allowance at present, I am wondering if she can claim ESA and Carers at the same time due to severe depression amongst other things, Which I don't want to post on here... Thanks.
  17. Please could someone inform me if carers allowance is taken into consideration for housing benefit and council tax? I have been receiving carers allowance for around three years for my disabled wife, at the time I contacted my local authority to inform them that I had been awarded Carers Allowance to see if it would affect my housing benefit and council tax and I was informed no it does not affect these benefits. I received an ESA2 form this week, which is a renewal for ESA asking for information on savings and benefits etc. I checked the benefits that are being received on the entitledto website and it appears that carers allowance is taken into consideration when working out housing benefit and council tax, and it appears that I should have been paying around £12 a week towards HB & CT for the last three years.
  18. Which? launches new carers’ hub to bridge the gap More than a million people looking after an elderly relative could be losing out on crucial advice and support, research by Which? Elderly Care has revealed. Nearly a third of the 3.8 million unpaid carers in England struggle to find the information they need from their local council. There are also large differences between areas. Around half of unpaid carers in Brent, Hounslow, Sheffield and Lambeth had difficulty finding information and advice. New hub for unpaid carers In response to the lack of information available to carers, Which? Elderly Care has launched a free Carers’ hub, which brings together advice pages with local authority information. The new hub helps carers find the information they need, whether that’s how to arrange a carer’s assessment with their local council, get information on the benefits and financial support that is available or carers’ rights in the workplace. Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2016/01/unpaid-carers-struggle-to-find-the-right-information-431835/ - Which?
  19. Can anyone help me please, my wife gets carers allowance for looking after me. Will she still be able to claim carers when she becomes a old age pensioner?Thank you for any information. pin62.
  20. Hi. I have been claiming carers allowance as I was caring for my son. I started working in September. I phoned the office to report my change in circumstances and realised that I had reported the incorrect start date. I have phoned again and reported this and then written a letter and an email to state my error which occurred because I was not paying attention to what I was doing as I am currently swamped with taking care of Children/ house/full time employment and studying. The lady on the phone this morning just said that there would be an overpayment and it would take around 3-4 weeks for them to contact me regarding this. She did say that they knew my correct start date for work because it flagged up on my NI number. Anyway I am going out of my mind since this with worry. Obviously I am happy to pay back the overpayment but I am terrified that my stupid error could cause them to think I was acting fraudlently. Have been going out of my mind and feel sick constantly and cannot sleep since I realised I made this mistake.
  21. Hello. I am currently getting income based JSA for about 1 year now. I stay with my mum, But all of a sudden my mum is saying i need to pay £27 towards to rent as the council will only pay £109. So why now do i need to pay. I have a brother who gets ESA, and my mum gets income support. What are causing the housing benefit deduction, My brother only started claiming ESA this year in march, And all of a sudden the housing benefit is cut. So could someone help me because i am getting the impression the cut is because of me but i have been getting jsa for around a year and my mum has been getting full housing benefit since untill now.
  22. If your partner is disabled and is a UK citizen, claming PIP and ESA due to disability, will carers allowance help or hinder a naturalisation / permant residence application for an EU member from the Netherlands? Who has been in the UK for 2 years. We find the process confusing and it seems we may do something wrong without meaning to.
  23. Hello everyone, Can anyone help with this question please? My wife gets carers allowance for me would she still be entitled to it when she gets her pension in about 2 years time. Thank you for any information its much appreciated. pin62.
  24. Hi guys, I hope that you're all well. For the last 13 months I've been getting JUST carers allowance, I applied for Income Support which was accepted and back dated, but I had to attend a face to face interview Thursday gone, and the lady doing the Interwiew quite bluntly explained that carers were now expected to look for part time work. I told her that I was a carer 24 hours a day, but she said that wasn't her problem........ Also, that I now have to attend regular face to face interviews at the job centre to explain my carers role, and to discuss what if any part time job's that I've been applying for..... Furthermore, it was said that failure to attend an interview regardless of caring responsibillities is now sanctionable in both income support for carers and carers allowance regardless of the level of care being given... To say that I was absolutely livid is an under statement, and I told her that Mum came first and they could all go [edited] and that I was more than happy to take on the whole of the DWP in any court on my own at any time...!! So... My question.... Have I come up against a nasty bull sh*t merchant, or is it actually the case that carers now have to look for part time work on top of being a carer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...? My own research shows that I am NOT required to look for ANY work as a carer.... Thanks in advance, DMD...
  25. Those of you that are carers may find the following link of interest. This is a bill called the "Carers Bedroom Entitlement (Social Housing Sector) Bill (HC Bill 95)" It can be found here see link below, it has NOT been passed as of yet but this is for informational purposes only, so you will have an advance warning that it could become law soon... Or see myt attachment.. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2014-2015/0095/cbill_2014-20150095_en_1.htm "Provide that people in receipt of Universal Credit and Housing Benefit and accommodated in the social housing sector be entitled to an additional bedroom related to caring responsibilities or overnight care; and for connected purposes."
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