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

Carer's Allowance is money for people who spend at least 35 hours a week providing regular care to someone who has a disability. The person you care for must be getting a relevant benefit because of their disability,which in some cases has to be paid at a certain rate.

How do I claim Carer's Allowance?

If you are waiting to hear if the person you care for is getting a qualifying disability benefit, you should still make a claim.

England, Scotland and Wales

Online Claim

Claim online at the GOV.UK website (link opens in a new window)

Paper Claim

Phone the Carer’s Allowance Unit for a claim form:
Telephone: 0800 731 0297
Textphone: 0800 731 0317
Download a claim form from the GOV.UK website (link opens in a new window)

Northern Ireland

Online claim

Claim online at the NIDirect website (link opens in a new window)

Paper Claim

Phone the Disability and Carers Service for a claim form:
Telephone: 0800 587 0912
Textphone: 0800 012 1574

or download a form from the NIDirect website (link opens in a new window)

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

You must send the following documents to support your claim:

• If you are working – the payslip immediately before the period you want to claim from and any received since
• If you are self-employed – the most recent finalised accounts for your business
If you do not have this evidence, you should not delay claiming.

When will my Carer’s Allowance claim begin?

A Carer’s Allowance claim will begin from the date the claim form is received by the benefit office or submitted online.

A Carer’s Allowance claim can be backdated for up to three months before this date if you would have been entitled to it earlier. It does not matter why your claim is late. Request this when claiming.

Change of circumstances

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

 

Updated: April 2019

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