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Benefits for carers

You might not think of yourself as a carer. But you probably are if you're looking after someone regularly, including your spouse or a family member, because they're ill or disabled.

As a carer, you may be entitled to one or more state benefits to help you with the costs.

View the latest benefits and financial support if you're caring for someone advice on the GOV.UK website.

Carer's Allowance

You could get £69.70 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.

You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.

You do not get paid extra if you care for more than one person.

If someone else also cares for the same person as you, only one of you can claim Carer's Allowance.

Carer's Allowance can affect the other benefits that you and the person you care for get. You have to pay tax on it if your income is over the Personal Allowance.

How to claim Carer's Allowance

 

Carer's Credit

You could get Carer's Credit if you're caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week.

Carer's Credit is a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. Your State Pension is based on your National Insurance record.

Your income, savings or investments will not affect eligibility for Carer's Credit.

How to claim Carer's Credit

 

Disability Living Allowance for children

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:

  • is under 16
  • has difficulties walking or needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability

They will need to meet all the eligibility requirements.

The DLA rate is between £24.45 and £156.90 a week and depends on the level of help the child needs.

How to claim Disability Living Allowance for children

 

Check what benefits you can get

Check if you're entitled to Carer's Allowance and other benefits with the entitled to benefits calculator.

Use the entitled to benefits calculator

 

Get a carer's assessment

As a carer, you may be eligible for support from your local council. Before you receive any help from your local council, you need to have a carer's assessment.

Find out how to get a carer's assessment

 

Get help and advice

Get expert benefits advice, plus help filling in claim forms, from:

 

How to challenge a benefit decision

You can challenge a benefit decision if:

  • your benefit payment is stopped
  • your claim for a benefit is refused

You can find out how to challenge a benefit decision on the Carers UK website

This page is based on content that originated from the NHS (adapted)

 

Register as a carer


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This page was last updated on 14 June 2022

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