Carer's Allowance UK: How to ensure the DWP doesn't consider your claim fraudulent

CARER’S Allowance is a state benefit awarded to those who care for someone for at least 35 hours a week. This can cover a broad range of support but applicants need to be careful when making a claim.

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Carer’s Allowance can provide eligible claimants with £67.60 per week if they care for someone for at least 35 hours a week. Claims can be made online or through the post but applicants need to be careful with this.

The DWP explains before making a claim, people will need to have the following at the ready:

  • National Insurance number (if you have a partner you’ll need theirs too)
  • Bank or building society details (unless you get your State Pension)
  • Employment details and latest payslip if you’re working
  • P45 if you’ve recently finished work
  • Course details if you’re studying
  • Details of any expenses, for example pension contributions or the cost of caring for your children or the disabled person while you’re at work

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The DWP may consider claims as fraudulent (Image: GETTY)

Additionally, claimants will need to keep the Government updated of any changes in their circumstances when they’re in receipt of payment.

Citizens Advice explained if these areas aren’t taken seriously, the DWP could consider a claim fraudulent.

The charity detailed: “It could be benefit fraud if your Carer’s Allowance is affected because you:

  • Give the DWP information you know is misleading or wrong
  • Don’t tell the DWP when your circumstances change – for example if you stop caring for the disabled person for 35 hours each week

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“Your circumstances can be checked at any time while you are claiming and fraud officers can also get information about you from other Government agencies and from your employer, bank or utility companies.

“Benefit fraud is a criminal offence and you can be prosecuted or asked to pay a penalty.

“If you are being investigated for benefit fraud, your benefit will be suspended.

“If you committed benefit fraud, your benefit can be reduced or stopped in the future.”

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Carer’s Allowance claiming rules are strict (Image: EXPRESS)

This is important to note as Carer’s Allowance can impact other benefits the claimant, or the person they’re caring for, is getting.

When a person claims Carer’s Allowance, their other benefits may change, but their total benefit payments will usually either go up or stay the same.

Additionally, Carer’s Allowance does not count towards the benefit cap.

To help with all of these rules, the Government provides a free-to-use benefits calculator on their website to help determine what a person could get.

So long as a claimant is eligible for Carer’s Allowance, they can choose to be paid weekly in advance or every four weeks.

These payments will arrive into an account of the claimants choosing.

On top of the basic payments, claimants may be able to get additional support for council tax bills, training courses and other areas.

Full details on Carer’s Allowance can be found on the Government’s website and guidance can be sought from the likes of Citizens Advice and Money Helper.

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne

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