Carer’s Allowance is £61.35 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 but you must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them. Carer’s Allowance is taxable and it can also affect your other benefits.
Who can claim?
In order to qualify for carer’s allowance the disabled person must fit certain rules and so must the carer:
The disabled person must be in receipt of
- a) either rate of the daily living component of personal independence payment (PIP) or
- b) either rate of Attendance Allowance (AA) or
- c) the middle or higher rate of the care component of disability living allowance (DLA)
You, as the carer, must
- Be aged over 16
- Not be in full time education
- Have lived in the UK for 2 out of the last 3 years with no restriction on claiming benefits
- Be caring for a disabled person for at least 35 hours each week
- According to the .gov.uk website, you need to “earn less than £102 a week (after taxes, care costs while you’re at work and 50% of what you pay into your pension)”
You do not need to live with the disabled person or be a member of their family.
If you already get another benefit
If you are a carer who qualifies for carer’s allowance, you may not be paid the allowance if you are receiving certain other benefits.
- Contributory Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit
- Maternity Allowance
- Bereavement or widow’s benefits
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- State Retirement Pension
You should make sure you get advice before claiming Carer’s Allowance as it may affect the benefits of the person you care for. Visit the Benefits and Work website for more information or contact our dedicated Benefits Support Worker who will be happy to guide you through the process. Call 0191 4900121 or contact us here to make an appointment.
How to make a claim
You can apply for Carer’s Allowance by telephoning the Carer’s Allowance Unit on 0845 6084321 or by downloading a form here, for further support you can contact the Carer’s Allowance Unit here. Alternatively, you can speak to our dedicated Benefits Support Worker on 0191 4900121 who will help be happy to print a copy of the form for you and guide you through the process. Please get in touch to make an appointment.
How is Carer’s Allowance 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 a bank account. If you get Universal Credit, it might affect how much you get from 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. The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. Some individual benefits aren’t affected, but it may affect the total amount of benefit you get.
For further advice and support on claiming Carers Allowance please contact our dedicated Benefits Support Worker who will be happy to guide you through the process. Call 0191 4900121 or contact us here to make an appointment.