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Can I still claim JSA if I claim carers allowance?

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Hi there

 

I look after my elderly next door neighbour. At the moment I do all her housework, washing, go in every day to clean up and make her a cup of tea etc., She is becoming increasingly confused and I feel she now needs more help.

 

I recently lost my job and am claiming JSA. I have only just reached the point where my mortgage will be paid. I was wondering if I were to care for my neighbour officially and claim carers allowance, would I be able to still claim JSA and my mortgage payment entitlement? Its not very clear on the DWP website.

 

It says that my JSA would have a premium of £29.10 but I don't know if that's in place of my mortgage payment or simply a payment because of the work I do for my neighbour.

 

I'd be pleased if somebody could help me out here.

 

Thank you

Gemspan

 

PS: Also, if I get a job I notice I can only earn £95 after tax. Is there a limit on the number of hours you can work?


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hi yes u can earn £95 per week before its taken into account...you would only be able to claim carers allowance if your friend/neighbour recieved full benefit of disability living allowance thats full care and mobility component..your jsa would stop because carers allowance is a taxable income...obviously classed as a working income...speak to your friend to see if she does get dla because if you could claim ca and work as well that would be better than just claiming ca and losing jsa...not sure how much jsa is weekly but sure you dont want to lose it..

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Your JSA would NOT stop if you received carers allowance.

 

You can claim Carers Allowance and Jobseekers Allowance at the same time, but there are restrictions, if the JSA is income based, you could only receive the carers premium of £29.50 rather than full carers allowance. Your council tax benefit may be reduced if you receive carers allowance. It is also worth knowing that benefit the person you are caring for may be reduced if you receive carers allowance.

 

Your neighbour would need to be in reciept of either Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance and you would need to be spending at least 35 hours per week caring for him to be eligible for carers allownace.


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