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An introduction to Carer's Allowance
What is Carer’s Allowance and who can claim it?Carer’s Allowance is a benefit which is designed to provide financial support to an individual who cares for a disabled person, who is themselves in receipt of a qualifying disability benefit (such as the daily living component of PIP, middle or highest rate care element of DLA or Attendance Allowance.)
To be eligible for Carer’s Allowance you must be over 16 and not in full-time education, and spending at least 35 hours a week caring for the person. If you have a job then your earnings need to be £128 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses to remain eligible.
How do I claim Carer’s Allowance?You can apply for Carer’s Allowance online via the official government website. It is also possible to apply by post. For enquiries on Carer's Allowance, you can contact the Carer's Allowance Unit on 0800 731 0297 Textphone: 0800 731 0317
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0297
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You can find additional information on Carer's Allowance on Scope's dedicated benefits information pages.
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