Benefits for carers

Benefits for Carers

Carers Allowance

If you’re caring full-time for someone who is disabled, you might be able to get Carer’s Allowance.

You can claim if:

  • you’re 16 or over
  • you earn £100 a week or less
  • spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone getting Attendance or Disability Living Allowance, or Constant Attendance Allowance (certain rates apply)
  • have been in the UK or the Isle of Man for at least 26 weeks in the 12 months before you claim

You may not be able to claim if:

  • you’re in full-time education, with 21 hours a week or more of supervised study
  • earn more than £100 a week (after tax)
  • you’re getting certain other benefits like Severe Disablement Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, or bereavement benefits

Read more and find out how much you can claim on GOV.UK.

Carers Credit

This was introduced on 6 April 2010 – if you’re of state pension age on or after this date, and you care for one or more disabled people for more than 20 hours a week, you can claim to help you build up a better basic, or additional state pension.

The cared-for people have to get:

  • Disability Living Allowance care component at the middle or highest rate
  • Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance, or have a completed care certificate

Read more and find out how much you can claim on GOV.UK

Extra Money for Carers on a low income

If you don’t earn very much, you could also claim benefits like:

  • Pension Credit – an income-related benefit for people over 60
  • Council Tax benefit
  • Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance – you could get this if you can’t get Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance – if you can only work a certain amount as you’re ill or disabled

Work out what benefits you could get on GOV.UK