I’m just about to be dismissed from my job on ill health grounds, and I have been told I will be given a single payment lump sum amounting to 12 weeks’ pay, in lieu of notice. This will come to over £3,000, I think.
As sole carer for my daughter (who is in receipt of PIP), I have already been awarded Carers’ Credit, but of course due to being in reasonably well-paid work (much more than £110 per week!) I have not been able to claim Carers’ Allowance (CA), but I anticipate no problem in being able to claim CA on that basis.
My question is because of the ‘lieu of notice’ pay - how does this work with regard to beginning my CA claim? In the week I get the payment, I will of course have earned more than £110. But the week after, I will have earned nothing, although of course I will make the lump sum last as long as possible. So do they count it as a single payment for that week/month it comes in and therefore won’t pay CA for that week/month; do they not pay me CA for 12 weeks; do they even ask what type of money that is (if it were a pension lump sum, for example, it would not count against me) - how does it work, please?
Thanks in advance