Reasons for backdating job seekers allowance
Entitlement can continue during temporary breaks - four weeks in every 26 week period, providing you have been caring for 35 hours a week for the past 22 weeks out of the last 26 weeks.
Entitlement stops if someone's Disability Living Allowance Care/PIP/Attendance Allowance stops, after 4 weeks in hospital, residential care etc.
If Carer's Allowance is awarded and paid it can have a detrimental financial impact on the means tested benefits the person being cared for receives - a benefit check should always be undertaken prior to making a claim. This means that you cannot be paid Carer's Allowance if you are getting the same amount or more from another contributory benefit (e.g.
Bereavement Allowance; Widowed Parents Allowance; Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance; Contributory Jobseekers Allowance; State Retirement Pension) or statutory payment (except statutory sick pay).
It is still worth putting in a claim to establish an "underlying entitlement" to Carer's Allowance - this will then entitle you to the Carer's Premium and increase entitlement to, or could bring you into entitlement to, a means tested benefit; i.e Pension Credit, Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Housing and Council Tax Benefit.
Carer's Allowance counts in full as income when calculating entitlement to means tested benefit.
Contribution-based JSA If you’ve been working and paying Class 1 National Insurance Contributions for most of the past two full tax years, you may be able to claim contribution-based JSA.
You can only claim for six months, but if you’re still looking for work you may be able to claim income-based JSA after that (see below).
You can apply online using the Carers Allowance Digital Service An underlying entitlement can increase or bring you into entitlement to means tested benefits.This means that if you are in receipt of another contributory benefit, Carer's Allowance cannot usually be paid, but claimants have what is known as an "underlying entitlement" which increases (or can bring someone into) entitlement to means tested benefits. Carer's Allowance is paid at £62.10 (2015/16 rates).However other benefits include: You cannot get Carer's Allowance if you earn more than £110.00 a week.You can get Carer's Allowance while claiming Disability Living Allowance (Care or Mobility), Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance for your own care and mobility needs - there is no contradiction in being a carer and being disabled.Carers in receipt of means tested benefits (listed above) will gain £34.60 per week.