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Carers

Who is this section for?

Anyone who is caring, on a voluntary basis and without payment, for someone, usually a relative or friend, who is ill, aged or has disabilities.

What does it cover?

Information about the benefits for carers, who can claim them, how much you can get, how to apply, and where to go for further help. Make sure you are claiming everything you are entitled to.

The person you are caring for may find it helpful to look at the Illness, Injury and Disability section.

How to use this section

The left-hand navigation bar gives you a comprehensive list of the contents of this section. Click on the links to go to each page.  Some key benefits are also are described in the boxes below.

  • Information on Carer's AllowanceCarer's Allowance

    Find out more about this benefit which you might be able to claim if you care for someone with an illness or disability.

  • Information on Income Support Income Support

    Learn more about this benefit which may be available to you  if you are a carer and on a low income.

  • Information about Carer's CreditCarer's Credit

    Discover whether you might be able to claim this benefit which credits carers with national insurance contributions.

  • Black lady with her fatherHelp from the local council

    Make sure your needs are assessed by your local council – as part of a Health and Social Care Assessment of the person you care for or a Carer's Assessment for you.

  • Useful links for carersUseful Links

    Links to resources and organisations that can provide information and advice to carers.

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