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Are you eligible for Carer’s Allowance?

Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,925

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Today for Carer’s Week, we’re discussing Carer’s Allowance. Carer’s Allowance is money intended to help you look after someone who needs to be cared for. It’s the main welfare benefit for carers in the UK, but you might well be eligible for it, even if you don’t consider yourself to be a carer.

You could be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you:

  • spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a disabled person (you don't have to live with them or be related to them)
  • care for someone who receives the higher-rate or middle-rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, either rate of Personal Independence Payment daily living component, or any rate of Attendance Allowance
  • do not earn more than £123 a week (after deductions)
  • are not in full-time education

(For a full list of eligibility criteria see here.)

Did you know that at just £66.15 a week, Carer’s Allowance is the lowest benefit of its kind, even below Job Seekers Allowance? Last year, Scotland increased Carer’s Allowance to ensure carers received the equivalent of £8.50 a week, so the two benefits are now level, and Carers UK are campaigning through their Fairer for Carers campaign to see the same change rolled out across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Want to apply for Carer’s Allowance? You can make a claim online here.

Do you think carers are fairly compensated for the vital work they do?

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  • SteveESteveE Member Posts: 52 Courageous
    I had Carers Allowance for a few years but had to choose between State Pension or Carers Allowance. No contest. But it meant I was no longer seen as a carer, I guess. Even though I'm now well into my 48th year as a carer and will continue until I drop. No worries, son first.
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,998 Disability Gamechanger
    My hubby cared for me on his own for 11 years and received CA. When he became a pensioner, the government decided he wasnt a carer anymore and stopped the CA.

    But he still cares for me when my outside carers aren`t with me, which is 48 hours a week. That leaves 120 hours.  We`ve been married 47 years and I`ve needed care for 20 of those. He`s my champion!
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    My son gets DLA so we qualify. This has made a difference. I use the money to fund his care at nursery and school too. 
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