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You need to pay National Insurance to qualify for a State Pension. If you are not working, you might not be paying National Insurance. Carer’s Credit helps prevent gaps in your National Insurance record if you have to stop working while you are caring for someone else. It can also help if you are not paying National Insurance because you have had to reduce your hours. If you get Carer’s Credit you do not get any actual money, but it protects your right to a State Pension later in life.
To get Carer’s Credit, you must look after at least one person for 20 hours or more a week.
Normally, each person you look after must be getting one of these disability benefits:
If the person you look after does not get one of these benefits, you may still be able to get Carer’s Credit if you fill in the care certificate part of the application form. You will need to get a health or social care professional to sign it.
You do not need to apply for Carer’s Credit if you are already getting benefits such as:
These benefits will automatically help protect your right to a State Pension
You may benefit from claiming Carer’s Credit if you:
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