Carers Allowance

What is it?

Carer's Allowance is the main state benefit for carers. This allowance is available 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.
Carer’s allowance is currently £59.75 a week (as of June 2013)
Who is eligible for Carer’s Allowance?
To be eligible for the carers allowance, you must:
• Be 16 or over
• Spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
• Live in Great Britain when you claim - there are some exceptions, eg members and family members of the Armed Forces
• Have been living in Great Britain for at least 2 of the last 3 years
• Be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
• Ensure you are not subject to immigration control (unless you’re a sponsored immigrant)
Please Note
There are some exceptions to these conditions if you’re living in another EEA country.
Carer’s Allowance is taxable. It can also affect your other benefits.
Other Conditions
To claim Carer’s Allowance the person you care for must already receive one of the following benefits:
• Attendance Allowance
• Disability Living Allowance - the middle or highest care rate
• Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
• Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
• Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
• Personal Independence Payment daily living component

Who is ineligible for Carer’s Allowance?

You are ineligible for Carer’s Allowance if any of the following apply to you;
• You’re in full-time education, and studying for 21 hours a week or more (this includes supervised study and things like coursework and experiments, not just time spent with a tutor)
• You earn more than £100 a week (after tax)
• You get one of the benefits listed below
If you get any of the benefits listed below and they pay you £58.45 or more you may not get Carer’s Allowance. Instead, Jobcentre plus will work out if these benefits can be increased or if you’re entitled to other benefits.
• Bereavement Allowance
• Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
• Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Incapacity Benefit
• Industrial Death Benefit
• Maternity Allowance
• Severe Disablement Allowance
• State Pension
• Training allowance
• Unemployability Supplement – paid with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or War Pension
• War Widow’s or Widower’s Pension
• Widowed Mother’s Allowance
• Widowed Parent’s Allowance
• Widow’s Pension

Click here for further information and how to claim