Carer allowance

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I reported a change of circumstance on 10th july my hubby was receiving carer allowance to look after me after reporting the change of circumstances carer allowance sent a letter asking what hours my hubby works i told them 16 and they stopped his carer allowance i think its cus they think hes getting more than £116 per week but hes not he only gets £100 he works self employed as a man with a van and earns £50 per day x 2 days question should i wait to hear from them again or should i report on line that hes only getting £100 per week

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    As it's already stopped i would have rang them by now. Like i said before your hubby is working for less than the national minimum wage which is £7.50 per hour. Carers Allowance have worked out most likely that 16 hours x £7.50 should be £120 per week. They'll most likely ask you why he's working for less than minimum wage because if he was earning what he should be then this would put him outside the amount for CA because he'd be earning £120. You may have to fight for that Carers Allowance.

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    Hi Dawn it's actually illegal to work for less than the minimum wage in UK so as Denise said they will put him on to minimum which means your care allowance is forfeited.

    Also his boss needs to put him in the workplace pension scheme or he risks prosecution for both misdemeanors

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      If your saying he is working for him self he will have to prove ownership of the vehicle he drives and all the relevant documentation.
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      Sorry it keeps posting individual posts, the reason I know this my friend does man and van and has to be really meticulous about his paperwork
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      You know what matey it really aint worth the hassle hes self employed and works solely for his self. He can prove ownership of the van no problem but is it really worth all that hassle for it, dont get me wrong the money is a welcome god send but dont know when the jobs gona end so maybe its worth doing with out until his job does stop and re applying for CA again later x
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      Yea I know what you mean, maybe he could do more hours and let someone else claim care, I don't know if that's a possibility as I can't claim care cause retired, doesn't make sense to me

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      I think in this instance it doesn't matter if he's self employed because it just means he's under charging for his work. CA could turn around and say he's doing this to keep the CA. He's currently working for £6.25 per hour. That's a crazy hourly rate of pay for someone over the age of 25. It would be the same if he was claiming working tax credits while being self employed. You have to show you're working for a profit now, not like it used to be. If they think otherwise people won't be able to claim the working tax credits. I know this hasn't been easy for you and sorry i couldn't give you any better news. x

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      No, that wouldn't be right because the CA goes to the person doing the caring. If someone else claimed it then Dawn and her family wouldn't recieve it. Confusing all these benefits.

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      Yea I know that but she would get the care she needs where as if she loses it and hubby does more hours she want have anyone to help, I wouldn't be able to get on with my life if didn't have help to do basics like get dressed food etc so I'm lucky I have my partner to help even though he doesn't get paid for it, so if I had an independent carer they could claim it ?? Or if over 64 you can't, don't understand that rule, my friend claims care and pays her carers herself

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      Well if over 64 you would have an underlying entiltlment to it which means you'd get a Carers premium of £30ish per week. The reason is because you can't claim certain benefits at the same time. For EG ESA and Carers Allowance, you can't claim those together. No an independent carer would most likely be working. If you work more than 16 hours per week and get more £116 per week wages then you can't claim Carers Allowance. You must also look after the person for 35 hours or more a week.

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      It is appropriate when there's other criteria, sorry. I don't make the rules. If you claim pension credit and your partner doesn't work then he can claim that extra £30ish per week but he has to apply for it. I'm trying to help Alexandria....

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      Denise knows what she is talking about and has helped many people on here.  She is the mainstay of this site.

      I used to work for the DWP on the frontline and have lost count of the number of people who would get angry with me for explaining the rules.  I used to remind them that I couldn't change the law but only explain it.  This is what Denise is doing so I can't see any reason to say her reply is 'not appropriate'. 

      If you have your own issues with it maybe you should put your own post up as after all this is Dawn's post. 

       

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      Why do people on hear misread what others write, I meant that its not appropriate for me to claim carers.

      OK hypercat you should also read what I had written previously instead of jumping in and making it sound like I was having a go at Denise, I'm sorry I will not comment on PIP from now on I will leave it to the expert's

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