Money-saving tips for carers
Posted 13 December 2013 - 08:17 AM
Posted 13 December 2013 - 08:07 PM
Not really sure but I don't think carers allowance is income based. However tax credits are increased with DLA and so this may be affected by the income from carers allowance as well as your husbands income.
I don't claim carers allowance as I feel it will be just taken away from tax credits. If your husbands income means you do not generally get many tax credits then no problem. If they are asking for clarification of his income it could be to do with that?
Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:28 PM
If your child gets DLA you can claim carers allowance. You must earn below a certain amount [google it to find out] if you are working.
As he gets DLA you can also claim the 'disabled child' element of working Tax and Child Tax Credit.
We get DLA and I get CA and we also get WFTC and CTC too. Although tax credits are means tested, for every £1 you earn over the threshold you lose around 55p in tax credits. So wages have to be quite high for you to completely lose all tax credits.
We used to get middle rate care and low rate mobility, but sent in information about a year ago and had both care and mobility reassessed as high. And that allowed us to get a car through the motability scheme, which has been a huge help for our son.
So you might want to have it re-assessed if the situation changes, or in a few years. In our case my son has always had a number of co-morbid diagnosis ontop of the ASD. But when he was diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder and OCD, that meant that he was no longer mobile. Although he can walk he often cannot even get out the house. He has a constant fear of germs and contamination and needs a door to door service [via the car] to agree to go anywhere.
Maybe your area is part of this new universal tax credits where all the previous benefits are being emerged into one???
Phone your local authority and ask them if they have a Benefits Advice service that is independent and which can go through all the various benefits and give you a check up on what you can claim for.
Posted 14 December 2013 - 12:49 PM
Carers allowance does not take into account partner's income
Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:27 PM
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