Are there any benefits available to me as a carer?

If you are caring for someone there are a number of different benefits and extra allowances that may be available to you. The main benefit for a carer is the Carer’s Allowance.

You can claim Carer’s Allowance if you are caring for someone for 35 hours a week or more, and they are in receipt of either: Attendance Allowance (AA), one of the daily living elements of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or the middle or high care rates of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). You must also be aged 16 or over.

You can work part-time but for no more than 15 hours a week and you must also earn less than £128 per week. If in any week you work and earn over the limit, you will lose all of your allowance.

Carer’s Allowance is not means-tested and does not depend on your having paid National Insurance contributions.

Before you make a claim for Carer's Allowance you should check that it will not have an impact on the person you are caring for's benefit entitlement.

Links to related Carers Allowance questions can be found on our Carers Allowance Information entry and's Carer's Allowance web page.

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