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Carer's Allowance - Can I get Carer's Allowance?

Find out more about Carer's Allowance.

Can I get Carer's Allowance?

You can get Carer's Allowance if you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week.

The person you care for must be getting a benefit because of their disability, for example:

You do not need to be living with the person you are caring for.

If you are in paid work you might still be able to get Carer's Allowance but you must not earn more than £116 in take home pay each week, certain expenses can be deducted from this.

It does not matter if you have savings as these will not be taken into account.

You do not have to have paid any national insurance contributions to get Carer's Allowance.

You do not qualify for Carer’s Allowance if you are in full-time education or if someone else is already claiming Carer’s Allowance for looking after the same person.

Before you make a claim for Carer's Allowance, you should check with the person you are caring for, as it may affect some of the benefits they receive if you are successful, such as losing a Severe Disability Premium from their:

• Income Support
• income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
• Employment and Support Allowance
• Pension Credit
• Housing Benefit (England, Wales, Scotland) and Housing Benefit (Northern Ireland)

Updated April 2017

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