I’m currently claiming CA for my husband and have been for a number of years whilst also claiming DLA/ PIP at enhance mobility and standard care. However, my health has deteriorated and now claiming enhanced mobility and care, although I am still giving my husband support and encouragement through his disabilities I was wondering if I should now stop claiming carers allowance. I have heard and read so many conflicting accounts of this I thought I should check. Some say that we can claim cares for each other, some say I shouldn’t be claim carers at all. I would love to hear what is right. My husband I also on ESA income related and in the support group. Thanks in advance
Talk to the Carers UK helpline, who are the experts on benefits, especially complicated issues . It’s so important you claim everything you are entitled to.
Have you both had a Needs Assessment and Carers Assessment from Social Services?
There was a political push a while back suggesting that if you can claim Carers Allowance, you can’t be disabled enough for PIP/DLA, but thankfully that idea was dropped. That said, it’s always best to check with the Helpline as the rules change regularly, and frankly I don’t trust governments where carers are concerned.
But I do have an example as to why the government would be dead wrong. I knew a couple (both sadly departed some years now), both of whom had severely arthritic knees - to the point where they couldn’t dress their lower halves themselves. But they did manage a system so they could each help the other one.