What is a Carer's Allowance?
If you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week and they receive certain benefits, you may be eligible for a Carer’s Allowance of £67.60 a week. You do not have to be related to or living with the person you care for.
Below is a summary of the key information you need to know about a Carer’s Allowance.
The carer (you)
To be eligible for a Carer’s Allowance, all of the following criteria must apply:
- you are aged 16 or over
- you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week
- you have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this does not apply if you are a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
- you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you are a member of the armed forces living abroad
- you are not in full-time education
- you are not studying for 21 hours a week or more
- you are not subject to immigration control
- your weekly earnings are less than £128 after tax, National Insurance and expenses
The person you care for
The person you care for must receive 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
State pension and other benefits
Claiming a Carer’s Allowance can affect the other benefits that you and the person you care for receive. For example, you cannot get the full amount of both a Carer’s Allowance and state pension at the same time, and a Carer’s Allowance will stop the person you care for from getting a severe disability premium paid with their benefits or Pension Credit.
To find out more, visit: Carer's Allowance - Effect on other benefits (Gov.uk)
If you are not eligible for a Carer’s Allowance, you might still be eligible for Carer’s Credit. See: Carer's Credit (Gov.uk)