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Carer's Allowance - How much Carer's Allowance will I get?

Find out more about Carer's Allowance.

How much Carer's Allowance will I get?

Carer's Allowance is money that you can spend as you want. The weekly rate is £62.70.

Even if you don't receive a payment of Carer's Allowance due to overlapping benefit rules, entitlement to it allows you to get an extra amount, called a  'Carer's Premium or Addition', as part of other benefits, so you should still make a claim. Carer's premiums/additions can be added to or taken into account for:

• Income Support
 income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
• Housing Benefit (England, Wales, Scotland)  / Housing Benefit (Northern Ireland)
• Council Tax Support
• Pension Credit
• Universal Credit

If you receive Carer's Allowance you also qualify for a Christmas Bonus each year (unless you get one with another benefit). This is usually £10. You do not need to make a claim for the bonus it is paid automatically. It does not affect any other benefits you might get.

Benefit Cap

If you or your partner qualify for Carer's Allowance, you are exempt from the Benefit Cap. See our Benefit Cap guide for more details.

How will I be paid Carer’s Allowance?

Carer’s Allowance will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account or by Simple Payment if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account.

You can choose to be paid either weekly in advance, or every 4 or 13 weeks in arrears.

Carer’s Allowance and other benefits

Carers are one of the groups that can claim Income Support.

Carer’s Allowance (after tax) counts in full as income when calculating your entitlement to other means-tested benefits.

In some cases, you may meet the conditions for both Carer’s Allowance and another benefit, such as State Retirement Pension or contributory Employment and Support Allowance. As these benefits 'overlap' you may not receive a payment of Carer’s Allowance, even though you would if it weren't for the other benefit you receive.

If the other benefit you receive is worth less than Carer’s Allowance, your other benefit can be 'topped up' to the current rate of Carer’s Allowance so you don't lose out. The rules about overlapping benefits are complicated and you may need to get advice about this from an expert benefits adviser.

 

Updated April 2017

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