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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.

Edited by dx100uk

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put the claim in

they can only refuse it?


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Yes I will do, might as well, there's no question on the form that would require this information, but a 'any other information' page. So the question is should I provide this information or just keep quite? If my workshop was in Dorset and I did say 2 hours work a day there would be no problem, but would I be in trouble if I did not disclose that I was not caring one week in six? Or am I worrying too much?

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