Now many of you already know this, but he has been my main carer for around 15 years.
The powers that be, say when a male carer reaches 65 they can choose to either stay on Carer`s Allowance or receive their state pension.
Hubby had a letter and then a phonecall asking that question.
Well now, what do you think was the right answer?
Carer`s Allowance is £59 a week, before tax…yes, he did pay tax on it!
State Pension…£135 a week. He will be paying more tax on that.
He chose the latter! No brainer really, eh?
He keeps threatening he wont be assisting me after today and I will have to wait untill my other carers come…ie 1.75 hrs each day, plus 1 sleepover and 1 trip out. That leaves a huge bunch of hours when i`ll be up to me neck in you know what!
Although your husband will be claiming his state pension he should ask that he has “underling entitlement” to carer’s allowance noted on his file. This means that he is still classed as a carer even though he doesn’t get paid the allowance.
The reason for doing this is that carer’s allowance sometimes gets you premiums and additions on other benefits like council tax benefit. It may not gain you anything right now but who knows what benefit changes are round the corner.
My mum claimed carer’s allowance for me when she was younger and fitter. She didn’t get any money because she was claiming her pension but she got a premium on pension credits and was paid extra on that.
Well hubby`s 65th birthday is here. has he stopped caring for me?
nah, course not! hes done the usual like bringing me brekkie in bed, emptying my night bag, helped me on and off the loo and done the paperwork (I have asked and been assessed for a clo-s-mat loo). He cant ignore me...im far too vocal!
Hes been for a scan today...............apparently men over 65 are invited for AAA screening....no, nowt to do wi alcoholics anonymous…but it was for an abdominal aortic aneurysm…he got the all clear, so that`s fab!