I am new to the forum and have a question, would much appreciate your input…
I was a carer for my mother and was on carers allowance back from beginning of 2016 to mid 2017, during this time my earnings were £670 a month and my expenses were around £45 a week… so as I understand I was eligible for the carers allowance. Although I do not recall declaring when I started work to the dwp.
I recently began to care for my mother again and applied for carers allowance which was approved, however I have this week received a letter from them saying I was not eligible for the 2016-2017 and I need to pay them it all back from then. I am literally in bits I have never had such pressure before.
I have been working out my expenses from back then (which unfortunately I do not have invoices for- they were for childcare and car/ travel costs) and according to my figures, my earnings minus my expenses made me below £125 per week which I believe made me eligible.
Has anyone else had a similar experience and can give me some advice? I do not know where to turn and how to respond to dwp and am concerned they will ask for evidences, etc. and not hear my situation.
Thank you for reading