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Do disabilty benefit rate rise when aged 18?

(13 Posts)
SoleBizzz Tue 01-Mar-16 22:38:04

Income support, child tax credits, DLA?

He is 18 this October.

Coffeemachine Wed 02-Mar-16 08:46:08

you get moved at 16 from Dla to Pip. but pip rates are not higher and I think there is a reassessment.

not sure about the others.

NoHaudinMaWheest Wed 02-Mar-16 09:44:03

You can't get child tax credit for an over 18 unless they are still in school when you can get it until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19.

With IS he won't be considered a dependent any more and will have to claim in his own right. JSA if he would be able to work; ESA if not.

DigestiveBiscuit Thu 03-Mar-16 08:21:06

If you claim ESA for him, you have to give up child benefit - but ESA should be more anyway.

DLA did not go up, in the days before PIP.

Ineedmorepatience Thu 03-Mar-16 09:21:54

I think from what my sister told me you are likely to be worse off after they turn 18!

DigestiveBiscuit Thu 03-Mar-16 10:07:29

No, not if they get in the ESA support group with the severe disability premium - it's £125 per week, and you give up £20 per week child benefit. Dd is still on DLA at the highest rates for care and mobility too. (She still is in the education system though)

citruspeel Thu 03-Mar-16 12:06:34

Ours went down when DD left school as we lost tax credits with a disability premium of about £150pw plus child benefit £20pw. She gets ESA and PIP now, ESA is £125pw and PIP is the same rate as her DLA. So a drop of £45pw. Plus, we lost a lot of respite when she moved into the adult social care system, and access to things like family fund and other grants for disabled children.

We didn't take her off child benefit/tax credits until she finished education (age 20) as we'd have lost out otherwise.

DigestiveBiscuit Thu 03-Mar-16 13:03:36

I don't know anything about tax credits, but its strange that you lost a lot of respite - we were told that Adults Social Services has a much bigger budget than Children's Social Services. I was under the impression, there should only be a cut in care and support from Social Services, if there has been a reassessment and the needs are less than before. A few articles on this:

www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/03/02/council-cuts-proposals-fly-face-care-act-risk-legal-challenge/

www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/02/10/councils-disregard-care-act-triggers-user-group-complaint-cqc/

Ineedmorepatience Thu 03-Mar-16 15:44:30

My sister lost all her respite for my niece! She does have carers at home now but it doesnt give my sister a proper break!

DigestiveBiscuit Thu 03-Mar-16 17:18:36

I can only suggest your sister asks for a carer's assessment, and as part of that, enough carers at home, so that your sister can get a break; or a stay in a respite centre, if longer is needed.

Ineedmorepatience Thu 03-Mar-16 17:25:24

She has done all that digestive my niece has a very complex life limiting condition and her LA do not have any respite facilities that can cater for her, they offered my sister one 35 miles away but my sister was not prepared to accept that bearing in mind her daughters condition can change very quickly!

vjg13 Fri 04-Mar-16 12:42:47

My daughter's direct payment budget is dramatically increasing when she turns 18 in a few weeks, we will be able to access respite for the first time! What are the rules for claiming ESA and does it affect your personal budget?

DigestiveBiscuit Fri 04-Mar-16 12:47:13

We have that too, Dd could die at any time. I look at it like this - if we, as parents don't look after ourselves and one day, suffer carer breakdown, then we are no good to our children!

The social worker said to me the question is as a parent, do we feel dd is safe in the specialist respite or not? Probably they can't do the care as well as we, the parents can, but if 90% of the time, they make the right decisions and its the best place there is, after us, then that is enough.

Dd may well outlive us, anyway and somebody else will be looking after them then - why not take some time to ourselves, and make sure we live as long as possible; not die of a heart attack prematurely, because we are so stressed and worn out with caring for them 24/7.

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