Carer Allowance

Carer’s 
Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is £62.10 a week to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs.

You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.
 
You must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them.
 
Carer’s Allowance is taxable. It can also affect your other benefits.

What you'll get

You can get £62.10 a week Carer’s Allowance.
 
You may also be able to claim other benefits, eg an income-related benefit and Pension Credit.
 
How you’re paid
 
You can choose to be paid either weekly in advance, or every 4 or 13 weeks.
 
All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, eg your bank account.
Effect on other benefits
 
Any means-tested benefits you get will be reduced by the same amount you get from Carer’s Allowance. This includes: 
  •    Housing Benefit
  •    Income Support
  •    income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  •    Pension Credit
  •    Universal Credit 
An extra amount (called the ‘carer premium’) will be included in the calculation of your means-tested benefits.
 
You might also be eligible for a Council Tax Reduction.
 
Effects on the benefits of the person you care for
 
Carer’s Allowance can affect the benefits of the person you care for, if they get a severe disability premium with any of these benefits: 
  •    income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  •    Income Support
  •    income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  •    Housing Benefit 
Their severe disability premium will stop if you get Carer’s Allowance for looking after them. If they get it, their additional Pension Credit (for severe disability) will also stop.
 
It can also affect their Council Tax reduction. Contact the local council of the person you care for to find out if this affects them.
 
Underlying entitlement
 
You can’t normally get 2 income-replacement benefits (eg Carer’s Allowance and the State Pension) paid together.
 
This is called the ‘overlapping benefit rule’. If you can’t be paid Carer’s Allowance because of this rule, you have ‘underlying entitlement’ to Carer’s Allowance instead.
 
This might mean you could get: 
  •    the carer premiums in Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support
  •    the extra amount for carers in Pension Credit
  •    the carer element in Universal Credit 
Your State Pension
 
Usually, for each week you get Carer’s Allowance or the underlying entitlement you also get: 
  •    National Insurance credits
  •    contributions to your Additional State Pension 
Caring for more than one person
 
You can only get paid for Carer’s Allowance once each week. You won’t get paid more if you look after more than one person.

Eligibility

You
 
You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply: 
  •    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 or 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. 
The person you care for
 
The person you care for must already get one of these benefits: 
  •    Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component
  •    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) - the middle or highest care rate
  •    Attendance Allowance
  •    Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, or basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  •    Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
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