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Carer's Credits - How do I claim Carer's Credits?

Find out more about Carer's Credits.

How do I claim Carer's Credits?

Normally you do not need to claim Carer's Credits – they will be awarded to you automatically due to your other benefit claims, e.g. Income Support or Carer’s Allowance.

However, if you are claiming because you are caring for a disabled person and you don't receive Income Support or Carer’s Allowance, you need to apply using the Department for Work and Pensions’ Carer's Credit application form (link opens in a new window)

You must apply within the tax year following the tax year in which you qualify for the credits. If you qualified for credits between 6 April 2016 and 5 April 2017, you must apply by 5 April 2018. The earliest you can apply for credits for between 6 April 2017 and 5 April 2018 is 6 April 2018.

What documents will I need to claim Carer’s Credits?

You must send a completed Carer's Credit Care Certificate (link opens in a new window) with your application for each person you care for. A health or social care professional must sign each completed certificate.

If you do not have this evidence, you should not delay claiming.

When will my Carer’s Credit claim begin?

The earliest your Carer’s Credit claim can begin is the start of the last full tax year. A tax year runs from 6 April one year to 5 April the following year. The last full tax year was 2016/17 and ended on 5 April 2017.

Change of circumstances

You must report changes in your circumstances which might affect your entitlement to this credit.

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