Do I have to be living with the person I am caring for to claim Carer’s Allowance?

No. It doesn’t matter whether you live with the person you are caring for or not.

Providing they receive one of the qualifying disability benefits (PIP Daily Living, AA or DLA middle or high care) and you spend 35 hours a week caring for them, the claim for Carer’s Allowance is an option, providing you are both in agreement. 

However, if the person you are looking after receives a means-tested benefit (such as Pension Credit or income-related Employment & Support Allowance) and their benefit includes the severe disability premium, please seek advice before claiming Carer's Allowance. This is because their benefit may be reduced if you start getting Carer's Allowance for them.

Links to related Carers Allowance questions can be found on our Carers Allowance Information entry.

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