What is Carer’s Allowance?

Carer’s Allowance is the primary welfare benefit to help carers. Even if you don’t consider yourself a carer, you may still be eligible to claim Carer’s Allowance.

To claim Carer’s Allowance, you don’t have to live with the person you care for or be a relative.

If you’re under the pension age, you’ll also receive weekly National Insurance credits towards your pension.

Carer’s Allowance Contact Number

The Carer’s Allowance contact phone number is 0345 608 4321 and the textphone number is 0345 604 5312.

How much Carer’s Allowance can I claim?

If you care for someone at least 35 hours a week (and they are in receipt of specific benefits) you could get £62.70 a week.

How will I be paid Carer’s Allowance

You have the option of being paid Carer’s Allowance weekly in advance or every 4 weeks. It will be paid directly into an account, for example your personal bank account.

How to claim Carer’s Allowance?

p>Before you apply for Carer’s Allowance, find out if you and the person you care for are eligible:

Is the person you care for eligible for Carer’s Allowance?

To be eligible for Carer’s Allowance, the person you care for must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Personal Independence Payment – daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance – the middle or highest care rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

Are you eligible for Carer’s Allowance?

  • Are you 16 or over?
  • Do you you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone?
  • Have you been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this doesn’t apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)?
  • Do you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces?
  • Are you not in full-time education?
  • Are you not studying for 21 hours a week or more?
  • Do you earn no more than £116 a week after tax and some expenses (these will be assessed when you apply)?
  • Are you not subject to immigration control?

You might still be eligible if you’re moving to or already living in another EEA country or Switzerland.

The rules for Carer’s Allowance are different in Northern Ireland.

If you aren’t eligible for Carer’s Allowance, you may be eligible for Carer’s Credit.