Carer's Allowance is a benefit for anyone aged 16 or over who spends at least 35 hours each week caring for someone.
How it works
If you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits you will be entitled to claim carers allowance.
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.
More information about the Carer's Allowance
- Age UK - a clear guide with general advice that is useful to all carers, not just older people
- Carers UK - includes a comprehensive guide and video
- Disability Rights UK - a general overview presented as a factsheet for easy printing
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This page was last updated on 1 December 2022.