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TOPIC: ESA and carers allowance?

ESA and carers allowance? 1 year 1 week ago #197192

I've just been awarded standard rate PIP
for both living and care
My wife has been in the ESA support group for as long as it's been going with a mental health issue.
Would she be able to claim carers allowance ?

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ESA and carers allowance? 1 year 1 week ago #197201

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She can but payment will depend on the type of ESA she is receiving.

If she is only receiving ESA(CB) then the CA is classed as an overlapping benefit and will not normally be paid as the ESA(CB) amount is higher.

If she is receiving ESA(IR) in whole or in part then the CA will be paid but treated as income so her ESA(IR) will be reduced by a similar amount, however, a Carers Premium of just under £35 per week will be added to her ESA(IR).

If she is not receiving ESA(IR) then she may be eligible. ESA(IR) is dependant on your household income, your savings and assets, and any hours that your partner works. See

Asset rule for ESA(IR)

24 hour work rule for ESA(IR)


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