Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers, and is available to carers of working age providing care for at least 35 hours a week.The current rate is £67.25 per week.
The person you care for must be in receipt of;
- Disability Living Allowance at either the middle or highest rate for personal care needs.
- Personal Independence Payment (at either rate for personal care needs)
- Attendance Allowance (at either rate)
- Constant Attendance Allowance (of the normal maximum rate) paid with the Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes.
It is possible to work and claim Carer’s Allowance, provided your earned income is below £120 a week or less (after deductions).
Even if you aren’t paid Carer’s Allowance, because you’re in receipt of other benefits that rule it out (e.g. State Pension), establishing your entitlement can also impact on other benefits payments, such as Pensions Credit, so it’s worth making a claim.
To make a claim online or for more info visit www.gov.uk/carers-allowance or call The Carers Allowance Unit on 0800 731 0297