Cancer often means extra costs for you and the person you care for. This can include paying for travel to hospital, or increased food or heating bills. Your income may fall if you have to give up work or reduce your hours.
You and the person you care for may be eligible for benefits. A range of benefits are available for full-time carers and people who are still working.
You can call our welfare rights advisers on 0808 808 00 00 to find out more about what benefits you may be able to get.
Carer’s Allowance is a weekly benefit for people who look after someone with a lot of care needs. It is the main benefit for carers. If there is more than one carer looking after the person, the main carer should apply. Only one person can get Carer’s Allowance.
Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit for carers of working age. It helps you build up qualifying years for the State Pension while you are not working.
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.
You and the person you care for may be able to get certain other benefits. These could include:
- Universal Credit if either of you have a low income or are looking for work.
- Employment and Support Allowance for the person you care for, if they are unable to work because of illness.
- Personal Independence Payment for the person you care for if they are aged 16 to 64, or Attendance Allowance if they are aged 65 or above. They may be able to claim if they have problems with looking after themselves or moving around. People who are not expected to live longer than six months can make a claim under the special rules claim for these disability benefits. This means they will receive payments sooner.
We have more information about benefits or you can call our welfare rights advisers on 0808 808 00 00 to find out more.
If your caring role ends
If your caring role ends, it is important to let the benefits service know. This will help avoid problems later. If you have a low income once your carer’s benefits stop, you may be able to claim other benefits.
To let the benefits service know:
- If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, contact the Carer’s Allowance Unit. Visit gov.uk or call 0345 608 4321.
- If you live in Northern Ireland, contact the Disability and Carers Service on 0300 123 3356.