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  • What is 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. Car...

  • 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 Allowancethe middle or high rate care component of Disability Living Allowanceeither level...

  • How much Carer's Allowance will I get?

    Carer's Allowance is money that you can spend as you want. The weekly rate is £64.60. 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 'Carer's Premium or Addition', as part ...

  • 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. Claim online at the GOV. UK website (link opens in a new window) Phone the Carer’s Allowance Unit for a claim form: Telephone: 0800 731 0297 Text...

  • How do I challenge a Carer's Allowance decision?

    If you disagree with the decision made on your Carer's Allowance claim, for example due to incorrect information being used, you can ask for it to be looked at again known as a 'mandatory reconsideration'. If you still disagree with the further decision you can then appeal to...

  • What are Carer's Credits?

    Carer's Credits mean carers can be ‘credited’ with Class 3 national insurance contributions to help them qualify for other benefits which they may not otherwise have been eligible for if their caring responsibilities prevented them from being able to work and pay national ins...

  • Can I get Carer's Credits?

    The main benefit for carers is Carer's Allowance and for every week you are entitled to Carer's Allowance you will get Class 1 national insurance credits.  If you are entitled to Income Support as a carer then you should automatically be given Class 3 national insurance credi...

  • How much Carer's Credits will I get?

    You do not receive a payment; instead you will be credited with a Class 3 national insurance credit for every week you qualify. These help you meet the contribution conditions for:Basic State PensionNew State PensionWidowed Parent's Allowance If you are receiving Carer’s Allo...

  • How do I claim Carer's Credits?

    If you are entitled to Carer’s Allowance or Income Support as a carer, you should receive national insurance credits automatically. However, if you need to claim Carer's Credits because you are caring for a disabled person and you don't receive Income Support or Carer’s Allow...

  • How do I challenge a Carer's Credit decision?

    If you disagree with the decision made on your Carer’s Credit claim, for example due to incorrect information being used, you can ask for it to be looked at again, if you still disagree you can appeal. The time limits are strict, you will usually be given one month to dispute...