On this page you’ll find tonnes of information about Carer's Allowance. What is Carer's Allowance, How much is Carer's Allowance, find out if you're eligible and how to apply. You can also find out about Carer's Credit so your NI payments stay up to date.
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What is Carer's Allowance?
If you spend 35 hours a week or more caring for a child who gets the middle or higher rate care component DLA then you might be eligible you Caller’s Allowance. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the child or young person you care for but you won’t be paid extra if you care for more than one disabled child.
Contact the Carer’s Allowance Unit
Telephone: 0345 608 4321
Textphone: 0345 604 5312
Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 5pm
Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Your child must 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
You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if...
- 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 2 of the last 3 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
- you’re not 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) - don’t count your pension as income
- you’re not subject to immigration control
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.
Carer’s Allowance doesn’t count towards the benefit cap.
If you get Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit, you must contact the Tax Credits office to tell them about Carer’s Allowance claim.
Use a benefits calculator to work out how your other benefits will be affected.
You could get Carer’s Credit if you’re caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week.
Your income, savings or investments won’t affect eligibility for Carer’s Credit.
What you'll get...
If you’re eligible for Carer’s Credit, you can get credits to help fill gaps in your National Insurance record.
This means you can take on caring responsibilities without affecting your ability to qualify for the State Pension.
To get Carer’s Credit you must be:
- aged 16 or over
- under State Pension age
- looking after one or more people for at least 20 hours a week
The person you’re looking after must get one of the following:
- Disability Living Allowance care component at the middle or highest rate
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
If the person you’re caring for doesn’t get one of these benefits, you may still be able to get Carer’s Credit. When you apply, fill in the ‘Care Certificate’ part of the application form and get a health or social care professional to sign it.
Carers who don’t qualify for Carer’s Allowance may qualify for Carer’s Credit.
Breaks in caring and eligibility
You can still get Carer’s Credit even if you have breaks from caring (up to 12 weeks in a row).
For example, you’ll still get Carer’s Credit for 12 weeks if:
- you take a short holiday
- someone you look after goes into hospital
- you go into hospital
Keep the Carer’s Allowance Unit updated if you have a break in caring of more than 12 weeks in a row.
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