Carer’s Allowance

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1. What is Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is benefit paid to people who spend at least 35 hours per week caring for a disabled person.  You can only make one claim for Carer’s Allowance, regardless of how many people you care for.

To be able to claim, the person you are caring for must be in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits:-

  • the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
  • either the highest or the middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance (of £69.90 or more) paid with the Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment.

In addition, you must:

  • be caring for at least 35 hours per week for the person who is receiving a qualifying benefit
  • aged 16 or over
  • not in full-time education (21 hours a week or more)
  • not earning more than £120 a week
  • have been resident in Great Britain for at least 2 out of the last 3 years, and not subject to immigration control.

Information updated August 2018. Please note that information may be subject to change. All information is provided in good faith but Disability Information Scotland does not endorse any product or service referred to within this resource.