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Carer's allowance and benefits

Carer's allowance

You don't have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for to claim. You won't get extra if you care for more than one person. A carer can claim carer's allowance if they:

  • are 16 or over
  • spend at least 35 hours a week caring for one person
  • satisfy UK residence and immigration rules
  • are not in full time education for more than 21 hours a week
  • do not earn more than £110 per week after certain deductions have been made (e.g. Income Tax)

The person cared for must receive one of the following benefits: 

  • Personal Independence Payment daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance - the middle or highest rate for personal care
  • 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 (AFIP)

How to claim

Effects on other benefits

If a carer is getting state retirement pension, incapacity benefit, bereavement benefit or any other type of earnings replacement of more than the rate of carer's allowance, the carer cannot be paid carer's allowance as well. That carer could, however, have an underlying entitlement to carer's allowance, which can help them get more money from other benefits, such as an extra amount of income support or pension credit.

A carer may be able to get an additional amount for a spouse, or civil partner or someone living with them who looks after their dependent children.

When you claim carer's allowance the person you care for will stop getting:

  • a severe disability premium
  • an extra amount for severe disability paid with Pension Credit
  • reduced Council Tax (call 0118 937 3707 to see if this applies)

National Insurance Credits

For each week you get carer's allowance you will automatically get carer's credit to help fill gaps in your national insurance record, to make sure you qualify for certain benefits including the state pension.

More information on insurance credits.

Income Support

If you and your partner are of working age and on a low income you may be eligible for income support.

To claim call Jobcentre Plus: 0800 055 6688 or Textphone: 0800 023 4888

Income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, housing benefit and tax credits are gradually being replaced by universal credit.

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