I gave up my career 4 years ago to care for my son who’s in receipt of disability allowance. I also receive carers allowance.
I’ve recently found out I’m pregnant again & would be due in October. Does anyone know if you’re entitled to maternity allowance if you’re a carer? My son’s DLA comes to an end next January & not entitled to universal credit.
I understand there would possibly be an issue with overlapping benefits with the carers allowance and maternity allowance, however, if became ineligible for the carers allowance next January, would I be entitled to maternity allowance?
Impact on other benefits
Maternity Allowance will not affect your tax credits but it will affect how much you get for:
Council Tax Reduction
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) - this will stop if you get Maternity Allowance
Welcome to our forum, I would suggest you contact our helpline, you can ring them or drop them an email and they’ll be able to advise you on what benefits your entitled to. Here’s the helpline info: Telephone Helpline is available on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or you can contact us by email (email@example.com)
It’s for those in work/recently left work. Universal Credit could help but takes into account household (partners) income and savings, can always try one of the benefit calculators like on “entitledto”.