Am I eligible for the Carer’s Allowance?

The Carer’s Allowance is for individuals who look after someone who is disabled. They do not have to be related to, or live with, the person they care for.

It’s a taxable benefit that gives carers a little extra money to support them that week.

An overview of the Carer’s Allowance

The Carer’s Allowance is the main welfare benefit that helps carers. Even if you do not think of yourself as a carer, you might still be eligible.

The money from this benefit can be used as you like, and you’ll also get National Insurance credits towards your pension each week if you’re under pension age.

How much could I get?

Through the Carer’s Allowance, you could get £64.60 per week.*

*Rates apply from April 2018 to April 2019 and are usually paid every four weeks

Am I eligible for the Carer’s Allowance?

The Carer’s Allowance is not means tested, so your savings and National Insurance record will not make a difference to your claim.

You could be eligible for the Carer’s Allowance if you:

If you get the State Pension, you won’t be paid the Carer’s Allowance. However, you could still make a claim as you might be awarded extra Pension Credit or Housing Benefit instead.

If you’re claiming Universal Credit, you may be able to get an extra amount because of your caring role without applying for the Carer’s Allowance. This is known as a ‘carer element’.

How do I claim Carer’s Allowance?

To claim the Carer’s Allowance, either call the Carer’s Allowance Unit on 0800 731 0297 (textphone: 0800 731 0317 or visit GOV.UK to download a claim form or make a claim online.

What should I do next?

Before you apply for Carer’s Allowance, make sure you’re fully informed about the benefits you’re entitled to. Take a look at these resources: