Carer's Allowance - Can I get Carer's Allowance?
Carer's Allowance is money for people who provide regular care to someone who has a disability.
- Last reviewed 02 May 2023
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:
Attendance Allowance for disabled people over 66
The middle or high rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for disabled children in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
The middle or high rate care component of Child Disability Payment for disabled children in Scotland
Either level of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment for working age disabled people
Either level of the daily living component of Adult Disability Payment for working age disabled people in Scotland
Armed Forces Independence Payment for people with disabilities as a result of their service in the armed forces
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 £139 in take home pay each week. However, 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. For example, losing a Severe Disability Premium from their:
• Income Support
• income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
• Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• Pension Credit
• Housing Benefit (England, Wales, Scotland) and Housing Benefit (Northern Ireland)
Updated: May 2023
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