Welcome to an extremely quiet forum as I type.
Claiming CA and juggling work … or should that be working and juggling caring ?
No matter … what matters is that weekly earning limit … currently £ 123 per week.
From elsewhere on this site :
Carer's Allowance | Carers UK
**_If you are in employment and are paid a regular amount monthly, your monthly earnings are normally multiplied by 12 months to get a yearly figure and then divided by 52 weeks to get a weekly figure.
However there are exceptions to this, such as if your earnings are variable. If you are in doubt about your own situation, please email us : > firstname.lastname@example.org> .
If you are in employment and have fluctuating earnings, it is possible for your earnings to be averaged out over a recognisable cycle of work or over five weeks.
If you are in self-employment your average weekly earnings are normally calculated by looking at a specific trading period, which is normally a year.
However if you have only recently started your self-employment, or if there has been a change in your circumstances, then a different period more representative of your average weekly earnings can sometimes be used.
The following amounts are deducted from your gross weekly earnings (if you are in employment) or your net profit (if you are in self-employment) before your earnings are taken into account for Carer’s Allowance :
half of your contributions towards an occupational/personal pension’_**
A guide but a little ambiguous ?
Presumably , a tax year … 6 April to the following 5 April ?
My recommendation would be to continue to try to telephone the Carers Unit within the DWP :
Telephone : 0800 731 0297
Textphone : 0800 731 0317
After all , they are the final arbitrators in respect of possible breaches in that weekly earnings limit.
( IF UC has been rolled out on your manor , definitely phone that Carers Unit … nothing is ever straightforward once UC is mentioned ! )