Are you eligible for Carer’s Allowance? It’s National Carers Week!
Are you eligible for Carer’s Allowance?
It’s National Carer’s Week, are you eligible for Carer’s Allowance? This annual week raises awareness of caring, highlighting the work and offering support for Carer’s, such as whether they are eligible for Carer’s Allowance. According to the 2011 census, there were over 5.4 million people providing unpaid care for family or friends in the UK. Given the circumstances of the pandemic in the past year, this figure is likely to have grown, and more people will be needing support in order to support their loved ones.
Carer’s Allowance is a government benefit aimed at people who care for a loved one for more than 35 hours per week. To be eligible, the person you care for must receive certain benefits. The payment is worth £67.60 per week and can be payable to you on a weekly or monthly basis.
What benefits does the person I care for need to receive to make me eligible for Carer’s Allowance?
The person you care for should be in receipt of at least one of the following:
- Personal Independence Payment – Daily Living Component
- Disability Living Allowance – at the medium or highest rate
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
What makes me eligible for Carer’s Allowance?
How do I find out if I’m eligible for Carer’s Allowance during National Carer’s Week? You must provide unpaid care for someone for at least 35 hours per week. This care can include assistance such as helping with domestic duties, including washing and cooking, taking the person you care for to hospital or doctors’ appointments, and helping with household tasks, such as managing bills and assisting with shopping. During the pandemic, carers have also been able to claim if they are assisting remotely, such as providing emotional support over the telephone or online.
You also must be:
- Aged 16 or over
- Been in England, Scotland or Wales for two of the last three years (this does not apply if you are a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
- You normally live in England, Scotland or Wales or live abroad as a member of the armed services (you also may be eligible if you live in an EEA country or Switzerland)
- You are not in full time education
- You are not studying for more than 21 hours per week
- You are not subject to immigration control
- Your earnings are less than £128 per week after tax, National Insurance and expenses
If you already receive State Pension or Pension Credit, you may not be eligible for Carer’s Allowance dependent on the value of your award. If you are not eligible for Carer’s Allowance, you may be eligible for Carer’s Credit.
How do I apply for Carer’s Allowance?
Are you eligible for Carer’s Allowance? It’s National Carers Week! You can apply for Carer’s Allowance either on gov.uk carers allowance where there are a series of pages devoted to this benefit, or by post.
You will also need to be aware that Carer’s Allowance may affect other benefits you may be receiving. However, receiving Carer’s Allowance may also mean that you will be eligible for:
- National Insurance Credits
- Support from your local council
- A council tax reduction
- Universal credit – if you are on low income or out of work
- Pension credit – if you are over working age
- Grants and bursaries to help pay for courses or training
- Income support – dependent on your personal situation
- Income based Employment and Support Assistance – again, dependent on your personal situation
- Carer’s Allowance Supplement – if you are resident in Scotland