Carer’s Allowance

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.

How to claim

You can claim Carer’s Allowance online.
Or by post. You can download a Carer’s Allowance application form at the website.
Please note that there is a different form to complete if you are in receipt of State pension.

Or by phoning the Carer’s Allowance Unit on 0800 731 0297 or by textphone on 0800 731 0317.
The Phone Line is open Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm. Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Carer’s Allowance can be backdated for up to three months.

How much might I get?

The rate of Carer’s Allowance is £66.15 per week.  You can choose to be paid weekly in advance or every 4 weeks. The amount of any savings you have does not affect your Carer’s Allowance. Carer’s Allowance can continue to be paid for up to 8 weeks if the person you care for has died.

Here in Scotland, the Scottish Government have decided to increase Carer’s Allowance to the same payment rate as Jobseeker’s Allowance, which is currently £73.10 per week.

A top up supplement will be paid in a lump sum, around every six months, until the new Scottish social security agency- Social Security Scotland- takes on full responsibility for delivering Carer’s Allowance in Scotland. (In future, Carer’s Allowance in Scotland will be called Carer’s Assistance.)

Other Benefits and State Pensions

By claiming Carer’s Allowance you may be entitled to additional premiums on other benefits. However it is possible that the person you are caring for may lose some of their benefits and it is therefore always advisable to get help from an experienced Welfare Rights adviser before making a claim.

You will need to know what benefits the cared-for person is actually receiving.

To find your local welfare rights service search our Scottish Disability Directory or contact our helpline on 0300 323 9961.

Information last updated on 4 June 2020. 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.

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