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I am awaiting my ESA tribunal. I am getting JSA but I am hoping to get a sick/fit note from my GP next week so I can ask to go back onto ESA assessment rate.
I have been caring for my mum who had a hip replacement a few months ago. She has been on Attendance Allowance for nearly a year. Last Autumn I was deemed "fit for work" after my WCA but prior to that I was getting ESA WRAG.
My mum has been in more pain recently and found out recently that she has fractured the cement which surrounds part of the hip replacement mechanism. She will most likely need to have another operation.
She is quite happy for me to become her carer.
Bearing in mind my pending ESA tribunal appeal, I am not sure what to do next.
I am thinking about the following 3 options;
1, Should I wait until my tribunal and if I win then I could claim Carers Premium on top of my ESA ?
2, Should I wait until my tribunal and if I lose then I could claim Income Support and Carers Allowance ?
If this happens then I am worried that the DWP might try and stop me by saying that I'm doing so to avoid going back on Jobseekers Allowance. I could argue that they have deemed me fit for work and I will be doing work - caring for my mum.
3, Should I claim Income Support and Carers Allowance immediately ?
If I did, what would happen about my ESA appeal - would it be cancelled by the DWP ?
If I was allowed to continue with my ESA appeal whilst claiming IS and CA and won the tribunal, would the DWP automatically put me back onto ESA and then I could also claim Carers Premium ?
I would appreciate any advice thanks
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