Carer’s Allowance is a weekly benefit that helps people who look after someone with substantial care needs.
Who can claim
You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if:
- you are aged 16 or over
- you are caring for someone for at least 35 hours a week.
The person you care for must already be receiving certain benefits – usually one of the following:
- The daily living component of Personal Independence Payment at either rate.
- The care component of Disability Living Allowance at the middle or higher rate.
- Attendance Allowance.
It’s worth noting that:
- you don’t need to be related to or living with the person you care for
- you can be working, but there’s a weekly earnings limit of £110 a week (after certain deductions)
- you can’t claim Carer’s Allowance if you are studying for 21 hours a week or more.
If you are a carer but don’t qualify for Carer’s Allowance, you may still be able to apply for Carer’s Credit.