1. Perpetua

    Perpetua Registered User

    May 30, 2008
    3
    London
    Many apologies if this thread has done before. I'm currently unemployed and signing for job seeker's allowance but looking after my mother five days a week. We think her attendance allowance has come through but have recieved no confirmation. I've tried all sorts of places to find out if I'm entitled to carer's and housing benefits (have my own flat).

    In the meantime I managed to bash my poor mother's head opening a stuck door and then sliced a gash in the palm of my hand which needed seven stitches......sheer frustration, broke a salad bowl.

    Every day it seems to be too much but things keep getting worse. Woke up this morning to find my motorbike has been stolen.

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  2. ROSEANN

    ROSEANN Registered User

    Oct 1, 2006
    909
    staffordshire
    Dear Perpetua
    Cannot offer much advice other than to ring the benifits office [but I would have thought you would have tried them] or the Alzheimers helpline and possibly CAB.
    I would have thought you could get carers allowance but I am not an expert.
    Good luck and let us know how you get on.
    Roseann.
     
  3. helen.tomlinson

    helen.tomlinson Registered User

    Mar 27, 2008
    541
    Dear Perpetua

    You can just ring up and find out whether your mum has been granted Attendance Allowance. It should be easy enough for someone to help you apply for Carers Allowance - I phoned a number on the application form (I think) and they sent someone to help fill in the form. As I'm self-employed it was a bit complicated.

    I am so sorry about your motorbike being stolen - that is the pits.

    Love Helen
     
  4. puddin'ead

    puddin'ead Registered User

    Jul 25, 2008
    65
    Lancs
    Hi Perpetua, interesting you brought this up, I've just applied online for this, check it out ;). Sorry about your run of bad luck, never rains but it pours eh?
     
  5. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #5 Margarita, Sep 20, 2008
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2008
    Go to your local Job centre where you sigh on , tell them that your looking after your mother full time now because she has dementia, so won’t be available for work so you can’t sigh on .


    They should tell you when to stop sighing on. Then give you 2 forms to fill in Carer allowance income support form.



    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/DG_10011169

    The number in that Link ring up telling them you just want to know how your mother claim for attendance allowance is coming along as you have not received any confirmation.

    Must say that it is all long winded , but they do back date all the money from the date the claim was made .also for Carer allowance income support forms
     
  6. margaret101

    margaret101 Registered User

    Jul 17, 2008
    56
    clacton on sea
    carers allowance

    You may find that you can only claim one benefic at a time


    Hope you get your bike back


    marg
     
  7. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #7 Margarita, Sep 23, 2008
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2008
    This explain it better then I can


    http://www.carersuk.org/Information/Financialhelp/CarersAllowance

    How to claim

    If you meet the criteria, you can make a claim by filling in a claim pack DS700. Get this from:

    * Your local Social Security office
    * The Benefits Enquiry Line on 0800 882 200 (or 0800 220 674 in Northern Ireland)
    * Carers in England, Scotland and Wales can claim online.
     

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