Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is a non means tested benefit paid to people caring for someone who is ill or severely disabled.

In order to be eligible to receive this benefit you must satisfy all of the following:

  • Provide 35 hours or more care per week
  • Have an income of less than £116.00 per week
  • Not be in full time education (21 hours or more each week)

In addition to this the person you are caring for must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • The higher or middle rate of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component
  • Personal Independence Payments
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance with either Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or War Disablement Pension

Carer’s Allowance is currently £62.70 per week, as of April 2017, and should increase each April.

Claims should be made to the Carers Allowance Unit on 0345 608 4321 or textphone 0345 604 5312.

Please visit Carers Allowance for further information.

Carer’s Credit

Carer’s Credit is a way of protecting pension rights for people who are caring for someone. You could be entitled to it if you are not in paid work and are unable to claim carer’s benefits. If you already claim Carer’s Allowance, then you do not need to claim Carer’s Credit as your pension is already protected.

You could benefit if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You are caring for 20 hours a week or more, but miss out on Carer’s Allowance because you don’t care for 35 hours or more
  • You care for someone who can’t or refuses to claim disability benefits.
  • Someone else is caring for the disabled person as well as you, and they already claim carers allowance
  • You look after more than one person, but no person is provided with care for more than 35 hours
  • The person that you care for has gone into hospital or a nursing home and their disability benefits have been stopped, which means that you can no longer claim the Carer’s Allowance.

To see if you are eligible for Carer’s Credit, you will need to contact the Carer’s Allowance Unit on 0345 608 4321 or textphone 0345 604 5312.

Please visit Carer’s Credit for further information.

Council Tax Discount For Carers

Certain people are not counted when looking at the number of adults resident in a property. When the number of people who are counted as living in a household is one or zero, the Council Tax bill is discounted by 25% or more.

If you provide care or support (or both) to another person, you may be disregarded for the purposes of calculating the number of adult residents at a property.

You may qualify for a carer’s discount if you are a carer and you are the person whose name is on the council tax bill for your home.

You do not have to be receiving Carer’s Allowance to qualify for this discount.

If you think that a discount may be applicable, please go to Council Tax Discount and complete the online form. If the application is successful, a discount will be shown on your Council Tax Bill.