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TOPIC: Income Support Top Up

Income Support Top Up 7 years 9 months ago #13636

  • tapsy2901
At the time of getting a carer - he was on J.S.A
We called the carer unit and followed there advice -which was based on information C.A.would be awarded but J.S.A had to cease and I.S applied for as the carer would no longer be actively seeking work.
Following that conversation, we then called I.S to verify the information and was told yes that was correct, obviously we gave all deatils etc and was informed the carer would receive C.A + £12.90 top up I.S + Carer Premuin
Now we are informed although they knew the carer age he is not entiled to 312.90 top up as he is under 25 years therefore his needs are not as many
Can somebody please explain this and tell me if it is possibe to appeal this and under what grounds.
How are the needs not as many? does he eat less under 25 years? not use as many toiletries? washing, the list is endless, how can there be a comparrison
and can we appeal this?
Thank you for any advice

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Re:Income Support Top Up 7 years 9 months ago #13651


The amount of income support a claimant is entitled to is in part dependent upon age. Claimants aged 25 or over are entitled to more than claimants aged under 25.

It doesn't really make any sense but that's how the law stands. The rate of income support for under 25 year olds in itself isn't appealable as the rates of income support are set by statute.

The most important thing for you to do is get specific advice from an advice agency both about what action you may be able to take if you were misinformed about entitlement and about whether any other benefits may be available to the carer.

Good luck,


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