I have a very difficult situation of which I am sure many here will understand. My partner has a long-term serious mental illness and we have two young children. My partner is completely reliant upon me for her sustainability and care. We also have a daughter who has Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, developmental delay and autism.
I also work 40 hours per week fulltime.
Last year I developed sepsis and I very nearly perished. It was a huge wakeup call and I am now in the process of aiming to become a fulltime carer.
I rang the carers benefit helpline through the DWP and the person on the phone advised this as follows –
My partner receives PIP and our daughter DLA. She said I should claim carers allowance for my partner and my partner who is in receipt of PIP should claim carers allowance for our daughter who is in receipt of DLA.
The person on the phone explained that there is no definition of care and so even though my partner has considerable deficits from her illness she can still claim.
It came as a surprise to myself in all honesty.
What are the opinions and experience of this scenario?
it sounds like you’re in a difficult situation, before you give up work have you thought of having a care needs assessment done by your local authority? My wife has severe epilepsy with seizures or clusters of seizures most days and requires 24 hr care.
As you I work full time, caring and working which is a constant juggling act, from what you said you could be entitled to some extra support as well as a Carers Assessment. I’m really sorry to hear of your daughter and partner. You need to have some time to yourself to even going for a walk for 30 mins gives me a new lease of life, so even if you give up work ask about a Carers Assessment to give you some time to yourself.
Thank you to you both. My partner has been ill for many years and sadly she has no insight into her illness. She couldn’t even fully understand why she was being assessed for the PIP benefit so its very sad really. I’m just relieved to have completed this hurdle.
I certainly feel sorry for those without the necessary PC skills or access to a computer and who are now unable to access the benefits they could be entitled to. The last ten years have been a disaster under this government.