if u r receiving incapacity benefit is it worth claiming carers allowance for ds and dd with special needs or would i be penalised for doing so, the leaflet says it will effect incapacity benefit but not by how much-anyone know anything about this
thanks in advance
i think you will then move onto income support than incapcity benefit. you can only claim one lot of carers allowence, you dp can claim the 2nd. i think the children have to be in receipt of middle/high rate care conponant of dla.
you dont have to give up work to claim carers i know plenty of people you work within the limit 70 something quid a week may have changed thou, but if you are on incapacity benefit (which i am)
then you quailify as having an underlying entitlement to carers, but you dont actually get any money from carers allowance, the only thing it may do is trigger extra payments from income support ect , so check it out as it may/may not be worth it
I get IB and applied for CA regardless when I sent in the forms for J's DLA. I was called in for a back to work interview, to assess my current situation and when I expected to be fit for work. It's all academic now because I got the letter from DWP yesterday saying that I don't qualify for DLA for J, so unless I get a successful appeal it makes no difference in my case.
I do know someone who had a successful DLA claim for her son while claiming IB for herself. She too tried to get CA but didn't get the money because of her IB. OTOH she did get what's called 'underlying entitlement' whereby you get NI credits, but I think you automatically get those on IB anyway.
I'd say give it a shot. The CA forms are a doddle once you've done the DLA lot, so there's nothing to lose.