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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 (

If you are not eligible for a Carer’s Allowance, you might still be eligible for Carer’s Credit. See: Carer's Credit (

More about Carer's Allowance ( Make a claim for Carer's Allowance (