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11 years 4 months ago #100527 by bro58
Replied by bro58 on topic WRAG to Support Group at reconsideration

AngeYorks wrote: I've not received any extra money for the Carer's premium. I was told it would be an underlying entitlement. It made a slight difference to my applicable allowances on HB but thats all. Not sure whether I should have received an IR top up so will ask DWP.

I did state in my appeal letter that I was caring for my father (who has since died) and as he cared for my mum, this had put an additional strain on me . I indicated this is what was making my ME even worse.. Ive really just transferred his caring role officially to me. It did concern me that they may assume I was fit for work if I was a "carer" but when I talked to the Carer's Department of DWP they said that there was no definition of what caring entailed.. i.e. I could be sat just keeping mum company, having a cup of tea.


Hi AY,

Yes, there is no absolute definition of "Care", it can be a multitude of things, such as watching over.

I was just making you aware, of "potential" pitfalls. :)

As you have stated, you only have an underlying entitlement to CA, therefore what you may receive, would depend on your personal circumstances.

bro58

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11 years 4 months ago #100530 by Gordon
Replied by Gordon on topic WRAG to Support Group at reconsideration
AY

Just to add to the advice you have already received.

At the moment your Carers Allowance is not payable as it is classed as an overlapping benefit with your ESA.

This is not the case with the Carers Premium, however, this is only payable with ESA(IR), not ESA(CB) as you are currently receiving.

I would therefore recommend that you get face to face advice from a trained welfare advisor who can go through you finances to see whether there would be any value in your requesting an ESA(IR) top-up to your ESA(CB) now, rather than wait for your ESA(CB) to expire due to the 365 day rule.

Gordon

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11 years 4 months ago #100535 by AngeYorks
Replied by AngeYorks on topic WRAG to Support Group at reconsideration
Thank you for the advice. I think I need to do another ESA3. Then I may get the IR top up (which will help with other benefits etc). I did fill one out before, but of course I was only entitled to CB back then, as it was before I claimed carer's allowance entitlement. I was misinformed at the time that I should be able to get IR with the ESA payments being my only income. But until the 365 days was up, I wasn't eligible for IR.

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