Carer’s Allowance is a weekly benefit for people who look after someone with a lot of care needs. People who get Carer’s Allowance are not affected by the benefit cap.
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If you look after someone with a lot of care needs, you could be entitled to Carer’s Allowance. Carer’s Allowance is £62.70 a week.
You may be eligible if the person you care for receives Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
To qualify, you must be:
You may also be able to get an extra payment called the carer premium added to Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit.
If you are a carer, you can speak to one of our welfare rights advisers to find out which benefits you may be entitled to. Call 0808 808 00 00.
You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if:
The person you care for must already be getting certain benefits – usually one of the following:
We have more information about benefits for people with care or mobility needs.
It is also worth knowing that:
If you are a carer but you do not qualify for Carer’s Allowance, you may still be able to apply for Carer’s Credit.
Carer’s Allowance overlaps with certain other benefits, including:
The rule for overlapping benefits is that you cannot be paid both benefits at the same time. Instead, you are paid the one that is worth the most.
Even if this rule means you cannot be paid Carer’s Allowance, it may still be worth applying for it. This is because you would then have what is known as an underlying entitlement to the benefit. The advantages of this are:
If you are paid Carer’s Allowance, it can affect the benefits claimed by the person you care for. It is a good idea to speak to a welfare rights adviser about this. They can advise you about which would be the best benefit to claim for you and the person you care for.
Carers may be able to get other financial help as well. For more information, speak to a welfare rights adviser by calling us on 0808 808 00 00.
On 7 November 2016, a change was made to the benefit cap. It now does not apply to you if you live in England, Wales, or Scotland and:
In Northern Ireland, carers were already exempt from the benefit cap before this change.
If you get Carer’s Allowance (or have an underlying entitlement to it) and you get certain other benefits, you may also be able to get the carer premium. This is an extra payment that can be added to:
Extra payments for being a carer can also be added to:
To claim any of these extra payments for carers, contact the service that pays you the benefits and tell them you are getting Carer’s Allowance. The payment should then be added to any benefit you are getting.
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