I am not currently claiming this. Should I be? I understand it is reduced by other benefits, but I know I've seen somewhere that it contributes towards your pension benefits?? Is this correct?
If so, this would be the main reason I would claim it, as I imagine our other benefits would probably negate the money itself.
Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I've read the directgov site, and I know it says 55.55 per week, and that it affects other benefits. But that's really all the information I'm gleaning from it. (ok, could be a serious lack of caffeine yet this early in the morning)
I'm just trying to decide if it's worth the effort. I am a SAHM, if that makes a difference, so not working any other job.
ah, the CA wouldn't be reduced but the WTC/CTC and HB might be affected by claiming it as it is counted as income. I guess it depends how close to the thresholds you are. You could have a look at www.turn2us.org.uk/benefits_search.aspx and run the figures though to see what difference it makes to your other benefits.
this indicates that you earn NI contributions towards your state pension from carers allowance.
It does impact on HB and the like, but they only consider a proportion of it. So all the different benefits/credits get adjusted accordingly, but overall you are better off. Proabably about £25 a week rather than the £55 but better than nothing
You get HRP to cover your pension if you get CA. You only get HRP with child benefit now up to age 12, so it's worth claiming just for that.
I found that all my overall benefits went up when I claimed DLA and CA, although I am on income support as a lone parent so different situation.
Have you told tax credits that your child is getting DLA (am assuming you get MRC or HRC to be able to claim CA?). You can get a disability premium on CTC payments once your child is awarded DLA, though it's still means-tested according to your DH's income.
To answer the bit about pension benefits. If you get carers allowance a national insurance contribution is credited to you, which will count towards the total for your old age pension. Howver if you are the person who is getting Child Benefit for your children then you are covered for this anyway/