Carers Allowance

This benefit is claimed by and paid to the person who's caring for you and giving you the help that you need. It's possible that a couple who are caring for each other may each make a claim. It's paid weekly and is taxable. There are many different rules regulating who can and cannot claim this benefit. Your carer is eligible if:

  • They spend 35 hours or more per week caring for you
  • They're employed and earn less than £79 per week
  • You (as the person being cared for) are claiming Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance at high or middle rate, or are receiving Constant Attendance Allowance

Due to the over-lapping benefits rule, your carer may not be eligible if they're already receiving any of the following:

  • State Retirement Pension
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Widows Benefit/Bereavement Benefits
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Contribution-based Job Seekers
  • Allowance

However, if the amount they receive falls below the basic level allowed, Carers Allowance may be paid to "top-up" the allowance to the basic level.