What is Carer's Allowance?
You can claim Carer's Allowance if you are aged 16 or over and care for someone who gets one of the following 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.
You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. But you won’t be paid extra if you care for more than one person.
How do I know if I'm eligible for Carer's Allowance?
You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply:
- you’re 16 or over
- you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
- have been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years
- you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces
- you’re not in full-time education, or studying for 21 hours a week or more
- you earn no more than £110 a week after taxes, care costs while you’re at work and 50% of what you pay into your pension
- you’re not subject to immigration control.
How much Carer's Allowance could I get?
You could get £62.10 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week.
How do I make a claim?
You can apply online at gov.uk, the government services and information website. Before you apply make sure you have:
- both you and your partner’s national insurance number
- your bank or building society details.
You also need details of the person you care for. You need their:
- date of birth and address
- national insurance number or Disability Living Allowance reference.
If you’re studying or working, you'll also need your:
- employment details including dates and how much you are or were paid
- course details if you’re studying
- latest payslip, or P45 if you’ve recently finished work
If you can’t apply online, you can download the form from GOV.UK and submit your claim by post.
Will Carer's Allowance affect other benefits?
When you claim Carer's Allowance your other benefits may be reduced, but your total benefit payments will usually either go up or stay the same. It doesn't count towards the benefit cap.
Carer's Allowance will affect the benefits of the person you care for. They'll stop getting:
- a severe disability premium paid with their benefits
- an extra amount for severe disability paid with Pension Credit, if they get one
- Reduced Council Tax - contact their local council to find out if this affects them.
Find out more about Carer's Allowance at gov.uk