This is for any Carer thinking of taking a University course.
Like a lot of us our partner is classed as our Carer. Since I have had my shot at doing what I wanted, we thought it would be good for my wife to have a go at hers. When she was younger she went into the care industry ending up as a qualified nurse and hence missing out on the University thing. So we thought why not now ? Talking to the University there would only be 15 hours a week of lectures which would be ideal so she wouldn't be out that long.
All was going well until we discovered that the information on the government website is somewhat misleading and that even though other criteria is met the fact that you are in higher education, you are no longer entitled to Carers allowance. So that means you now lose £3,200 a year. Given the current mood of the Benefits Agency I cannot see that being reinstated after she finishes the course, so until retirement that means we will lose £38,400
To compound the issue, our Income support is dependent on being a Carer, so now we lose that as well and also the mortgage relief. Even though we contacted the Benefits Agencies at the start it seems we were mislead.
Whilst my wife does qualify for Student Finance, what we will lose will outweigh what she gets.
So if you are a Carer or your Carer is thinking of doing a course next year, better check how it will affect your benefits.