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I have been a carer for years and have received Carers Allowance legitimately all this time, or so I thought. In 2013 I landed a 15 hr contract and double checked I didn't do any more than I was entitled to. I kept the Carers up to date and three months later was re-awarded the allowance.


Slowly, things changed. I would do an odd four hour shift extra each month or something, still not putting me over, or so I thought..... then I was asked to train as a Supervisor. All this at the same time as my husband was taken very ill. I took my eye off the ball. Work began to demand more and more of me, but I always explained I was a carer and told them I couldn't do anymore than a couple of hours extra each month. But they always asked for more.


In December last year I realised I was well over that month - about £90 for that month and this corresponded with my husbands surgery.... again, eye off the ball. Just been paid for Jan this year and realised it was well over and decided to contact Carers as I would have to pay back that months money.


They proceeded to explain 50p over was too much and I had not been entitled since November. That's when I made the horrifying discovery that I had consistently gone over, sometimes by a lot but most times by a couple of £'s....


Iv'e broken the law!!!!!!!!! I am utterly heartbroken and very confused and scared to death frankly...... I shall call them first thing to explain that it is worse than I first thought. They have already suspended my Carers and so now I have asked for extra shifts to make up the short fall!!!!


What shall I do?! And will I be prosecuted?!

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Hello and welcome to CAG. The guys in the know should be along later with advice for you. :)


From what you say, this isn't a huge amount of money. Could you confirm how much is involved please and we can advise you accordingly.


Don't worry. :)


My best, HB

Illegitimi non carborundum




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Fraud is a crime and intentional. Doesn't sound to me like you've committed a crime.


The main thing now is to be totally honest and open, and provide all the info needed to calculate what should have been paid. You'll need to pay the money back, but should be by instalment.


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