You may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you are over 16 and you look after someone with substantial caring needs for more than 35 hours a week.
The person you care for must already be receiving a benefit because of their disability.
You may not qualify for Carer’s Allowance if you are in full-time education or earn more than a fixed amount per week.
Full details of eligibility, how to claim and how much Carer's Allowance you might receive are available at GOV.UK.
The weekly rate for Carer’s Allowance may be reduced depending on the amount of other benefits you may receive, such as State Pension.
Further information is available at the following links:
Even more importantly, Carer's Allowance may affect any other benefits, allowances, pensions and entitlements you, or the person you care for, are receiving. Further details are set out at this link.
You can apply for Carer’s Allowance by applying on-line or by downloading the form.
If you get any amount of State Pension, then you can apply for Carer’s Allowance using a shortened form at this link.
For help and advice on all aspects of being a Carer go to the NHS Carers Direct site.
You may also be entitled to an additional payment to any means-tested benefits you qualify for called Carer Premium. It is linked to, but separate from, Carer’s Allowance.
Find out more about the Carer Premium ask at your local Jobcentre Plus or Jobs and Benefits Office.
Additional information on Carer Premium is available from:
Carer's Allowance counts towards the Benefit Cap. Your Housing Benefit may go down to make sure that the total amount of benefit you get isn’t more than the cap level.
For details on the Benefit Cap follow this link.
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