This is a benefit paid to people who looks after someone who has substantial needs for care. In order to claim it, a person will be spending at least 35 hours a week caring for someone. The carer does not have to be related to, or living with, the person you are caring for.
If the carer is also working then they will not receive Carer’s Allowance if they earn more than £110 a week net.
The benefits may not be paid to people who receive other National Insurance benefits such as state pension or Contribution-based Jobseekers Allowance as these ‘overlap’ with it. However people should still claim the benefit as it may generate an increase in the National Insurance based rates. The benefit is taken into account for means tested benefits, and will reduce the amount of them, but there may be an extra amount in the benefits which makes it well worth claiming. The person being cared for must be receiving a disability related benefit. These are:
- 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)
Here is more information about Carer’s Allowance .
You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to. You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.
If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.