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 get the carers element of Universal Credit or Carer's Credit. Claims for Carer's Allowance can be backdated for up to three months in certain circumstances.
From 7 November 2016, the benefit cap does not apply to you in England, Wales and Scotland if:
- you are receiving (or have an underlying entitlement to) Carer's Allowance
- you are receiving the carers element of Universal Credit.
Visit gov.uk/benefit-cap or call our welfare rights advisers on 0808 808 00 00 to find out more.
In Northern Ireland, carers were already exempt from the benefit cap before this change.