If you look after someone, you may be eligible to receive Carer's Allowance. This benefit is intended to help towards the costs of living when you are looking after someone.
The amount of Carer's Allowance received is the same for everyone who is eligible. The current weekly amount can be found on the GOV.UK website. It is usually paid weekly, but you can also ask for it to be paid up to 13 weeks in advance, which you may find helpful if you have expenses such as rent or bills which need to be covered in advance.
Eligibility for Carer's Allowance
You may be eligible for Carer's Allowance if you:
- are aged 16 or over and not in full-time education
- regularly spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who receives Attendance Allowance (at any rate), Disability Living Allowance Care Component (at the middle or highest rate), or Personal Independence Payment Daily Living Component (at any rate)
- live in the UK
- have lived in the UK for at least 2 of the last 3 years
- earn less than a certain amount per week after taxes, care costs while you're at work, and 50% of what you pay into your pension. For the current eligibility amount, see the GOV.UK website.
You can find more information about Carer's Allowance, and advice on how to claim it at the GOV.UK website. If you need help completing the forms, or have any questions, you can get advice from the Carer's Allowance Unit:
Tel: 0345 608 4321
Text phone: 0345 604 5312
Other information and advice
Carers UK has advice and information on benefits for carers, including Carer's Allowance.
Age UK provide additional information on Carer's Allowance.