An introduction to Carers Allowance
Carers Allowance is a benefit that is paid to carers who care for a child who has been awarded DLA at the middle or high rate. The carer must not be earning over £116 per week and must be spending at least 35 hours a week caring.
Carers Allowance is currently £64.60 per week.
For each week that you receive Carers Allowance you will also be able to get National Insurance credits if you are not paying National Insurance. Credits can help to fill gaps in your National Insurance record to make sure that you qualify for certain benefits, including the State Pension.
If you are paid Carers Allowance you may also be able to apply for:
- A carer's assessment: provided by your local authority, the service is free for anyone over 18. The result of the assessment may be to make recommendations which will help you in your role as a carer, eg: someone to take over from time to time so that you get a break and;
- A Council Tax reduction: you can apply whether you own your home, rent are working or unemployed. Your bill could be reduced by up to 100%.
- Other benefits: including income support, income-based Employment and Support Allowance and Pension Credit (if you are over working age).
Applying for Carer's Allowance
You can apply in various ways: