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Carers Allowance

You could get £67.25 per week if you care for someone at least 35 hours per week and they already get one of these benefits:

  • Personal Independence Payment - daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance - the middle or highest care rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

If someone else also cares for the same person as you, only one of you can claim Carer’s Allowance.

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Each year all benefits are subject to uprating in April, this means the amounts paid are increased.  Please check Gov.uk

You need to spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone. This can include:

  • helping with washing and cooking
  • taking the person you care for to a doctor’s appointment
  • helping with household tasks, like managing bills and shopping

To be eligible for this benefit all of the following must apply:

  • you’re 16 or over
  • you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
  • you’ve been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this does not apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
  • you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces (you might still be eligible if you’re moving to or already living in an EEA country or Switzerland)
  • you’re not in full-time education
  • you’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more
  • you’re not subject to immigration control
  • your earnings are £128 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses

If your earnings are sometimes more than £128 a week you might still be eligible for Carer’s Allowance. Your average earnings may be calculated to work out if you’re eligible.

Carer’s Allowance can affect the other benefits that both you and the person you care for get.  Please visit Gov.uk to understand what this means.

With any award of Benefit you must report any changes of your circumstances as soon as they change.

To make an application please apply online.  If you cannot apply online you can apply by post and the address where to send your application is at the end of the form.

Before you apply make sure you have your:

  • National Insurance number (if you have a partner you’ll need theirs too)
  • Bank or building society details (unless you get your State Pension)
  • Employment details and latest payslip if you’re working
  • P45 if you’ve recently finished work
  • Course details if you’re studying
  • Details of any expenses, for example pension contributions or the cost of caring for your children or the disabled person while you’re at work

You also need details of the person you care for. You need their:

  • Date of birth and address
  • National Insurance number if they’re 16 or over
  • Disability Living Allowance reference if they’re under 16

You can backdate your claim by up to 3 months.

Last updated: 11/08/2020