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Good day your question has been forwarded to me to see if I may be able to assist.
Let me apologise for the delay in getting back to you, I was away from the system.
In order to assist, kindly clarify the following:
Whether the other adult in the house is also claiming carer allowance?
Kindly also clarify whether the 17 year old is in full time education?
Thank you for the clarification. Below is the eligibility criteria for a minor to claim for carers allowance.
You will see therefore that the fact that he does not live with her would not necessarily pose a problem providing he is able to demonstrate that he assists with her care for the pre requisite time. What concerns me however is the fact that he would be in full time education. That would affect his ability to claim.
Hope I clarified things for you. Kindly let me know if I may be of further assistance.
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