Carer’s Allowance is a weekly benefit that helps people who look after someone with substantial care needs. Carer’s Allowance is £61.35 a week.
You may be eligible if you’re caring for someone who’s receiving one of the following benefits:
- Attendance Allowance
- the care component of Disability Living Allowance at the middle or higher rate
- the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment at either rate.
Do I qualify?
You need to be aged 16 or over and be caring for someone for at least 35 hours a week to qualify for this benefit.
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 £102 a week (after certain deductions). You can’t claim Carer’s Allowance if you’re studying for 21 hours a week or more. Students and carers who don’t qualify for Carer’s Allowance may be able to protect their State Pension entitlement by applying for Carer’s Credit.
If you get Carer’s Allowance, you may also be able to get the carer premium. This is an extra payment that can be added to Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and income-related Employment and Support Allowance. There’s also an extra amount for caring that can be included in Pension Credit, and a carer payment may also be included in a claim for Universal Credit. To claim any of these extra payments for carers, contact the relevant department to tell them you are getting Carer’s Allowance. The payment should then be added to any benefit you are getting.
Claiming Carer’s Allowance
Carer’s Allowance overlaps with certain benefits, including:
- State Pension
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit
- widow’s and bereavement benefits
- contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
You can’t be paid Carer’s Allowance if you receive the same amount or more from these overlapping benefits. However, it may still be worth applying for Carer’s Allowance, as this may help you claim a means-tested benefit, such as Pension Credit. You may also receive credits that count towards national insurance. This is important, as you need enough national insurance contributions to be able to receive a state pension.
Claiming Carer’s Allowance can affect the benefits claimed by the person you care for. It’s a good idea to speak to a welfare rights adviser who can advise you on the best course of action for you and the person you care for.
How can I claim?
Call the Carer’s Allowance Unit on 0845 608 4321, textphone 0845 604 5312, or visit gov.uk/carers-allowance/overview
Carers may be entitled to other financial help. Speak to a welfare rights adviser for details.