Can I claim carers allowance?

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my partner was diagnosed with cancer last November and I have been his carer since then although I still work full time night shifts. I have been told I am entitled to carers allowance. Is this correct.

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    So sorry to hear this. You can get carers allowance if you get Dla or pip. You have to care for him for 35+.

    Xx

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      He doesn't! get any allowances as he is 66 and getting his pension. I have been told by the hospital that I m his carer. I thought it is just what someone does for their loved one.

      thanks Barbara

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    Hi,

    You must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them.

    You can claim up to £62.10 per week. If the aforementioned critera is met.

    Regards,

    Les.

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      The person must be in receipt of DLA or PIP though. Sorry, missed that part off.

      Regards,

      Les.

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      The Government Legislation is as follows at the moment, maybe subject to change in the July Budget 2015.

      Eligibility

      You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply:

      you’re 16 or over

      you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone

      have been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years

      you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces

      you’re not in full time education or studying for 21 hours a week or more

      you earn no more than £110 a week (after taxes, care costs while you’re at work and 50% of what you pay into your pension)

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    hi there , ive been through that proceedure before and  i think if you care for your husband 35hrs a week or more then YES you are entitled to carers allowance but i also think you can only get it if you earn less than £102 a week i think, i tried to get it when my husband became disabled 2 years ago but because i earnt over £100 a week i didnt get it,but its worth a try go for it good luck.

    jayne x

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