Carer's allowance is the main benefit for carers, currently £62.70 a week. You qualify for this benefit if you meet all of the following criteria:
The person you care for must already get one of these benefits:
You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply:
If you are in receipt of another income replacement benefit like contributory employment and support allowance or retirement pension, then you may not be paid carer’s allowance. However, it is often still worthwhile claiming carer’s allowance in these circumstances as it will mean you count as a carer for means-tested benefits - and these will be calculated more generously.
Claiming carer’s allowance can also help protect your state pension. This is because you will receive a Class 1 National Insurance credit for every week you receive carer’s allowance.
Make the claim online or request a claim pack DS700 (or DS700(SP) if you are getting a State Retirement Pension) by calling the Carer’s Allowance Unit on 0345 608 4321 (text phone 0345 604 5312, calls from typetalk are also welcome).