Find out more about how Carer’s Allowance works, if you qualify and how to apply. If you are a carer in need of support, please call us on 0808 808 9876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How Carer’s Allowance Works:
What is Carer’s Allowance?
Carer’s allowance is the main benefit paid to qualifying carers who are caring for someone more than 35 hours per week.
How much is Carer’s Allowance?
The current rate set by the government for Carer’s Allowance is £62.70 per week.
Who is Carer’s Allowance paid to?
Carer’s Allowance is paid directly to the carer.
When is Carer’s Allowance paid?
You can choose how to be paid Carer’s Allowance, opting for:
- Weekly payments made in advance
- Every 4 weeks
- Every 13 weeks
Carer’s Allowance will be paid directly into an account, such as a bank account.
Do I have to be related to or live with the person I care for?
No, you don’t have to be related to or live the person you care for to be eligible for Carer’s Allowance.
Will I be paid extra Carer’s Allowance for caring for more than one person?
No, Carer’s Allowance does not increase if you care for more than one person.
How long does it take to process a Carer’s Allowance claim?
The current estimated time to process a Carer’s Allowance claim is 4-6 weeks.
Can you make backdated Carer’s Allowance claims?
Yes, you can backdate claims up to 3 months.
Who can apply for Carer’s Allowance?
You may be eligible to apply for Carer’s Allowance if you meet the following criteria:
- You are aged 16 or over
- You are not in full-time education
- You are looking after a person who gets a qualifying disability benefit
- You are caring for someone for at least 35 hours per week
- You are earning £110 per week or less after deductions
- You are a UK resident and satisfy UK presence conditions
The person you are caring for must receive one of the following disability benefits:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
- Middle or higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Attendance Allowance
For more details about eligibility requirements, please see the Carers UK Factsheet on Carer’s Allowance.
How Carer’s Allowance can affect you
Can Carer’s Allowance affect other benefits I receive?
Yes, it is possible when you claim Carer’s Allowance that other benefits you receive may be reduced, however the total benefits you receive will usually either go up or stay the same.
There is also a benefit cap that limits the total benefits that most people aged between 16 to 64 years can receive. While some individual benefits are not affected, the benefit cap may impact the total benefit you receive.
You can use the benefits calculator to see how your other benefits will be affected.
What if I am getting Working Tax Credit or Child Tax credit?
If you are receiving Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit, you must contact the Tax Credits office to let them know about your Carer’s Allowance claim.
How Carer’s Allowance can affect the person you care for
Can Carer’s Allowance affect the benefits of the person I care for?
Yes, when you claim Carer’s Allowance, the person you are caring for will stop receiving:
- Reduced Council Tax: You can contact the local council of the person you care for to find out how and if this affects them.
- Severe disability premium that may have been paid with their benefits
- Severe disability paid with Pension credit if they were receiving one.
How to claim Carer’s Allowance:
What do I need to apply for Carer’s Allowance?
You will need:
- Your National Insurance number
- The date of birth of the person you’re caring for
- The address of the person you’re caring for
- Your bank or building society details
- If you are studying, your course details may be required
- If you are working, your employment details may be required
How to apply for Carer’s Allowance:
If is possible to apply online for Carer’s Allowance by going to: https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/how-to-claim
Apply by Post
You can apply for Carer’s Allowance by post by downloading a claim form online form: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carers-allowance-claim-form
Request a Claim Pack
You can request claim pack DS700 (or DS700(SP) if you are getting a State Retirement Pension) by calling the Carer’s Allowance Unit on 0345 608 4321 (text phone 0345 604 5312)
If you are a carer in need of support, please call us on 0808 808 9876 or email email@example.com