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Financial support & advice

See what benefits & financial help you can get

On this page, you can find:

  • Information about benefits and financial help
  • Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Credit
  • Relevant links

Carer’s Allowance


You may be able to receive Carer’s Allowance if:

  • You look after someone who receives a disability benefit (see below for details)
  • You provide care for this person for more than 35 hours a week
  • You are aged 16 or over
  • You are not in full time education
  • You earn less than £116 a week (after tax and deductions)
  • You meet UK residence and presence criteria.
  • You’re not in full-time education
  • You’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more
  • You’re not subject to immigration control
  • You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.

To be eligible for Carer’s Allowance you need to be caring for someone who receives one of the following benefits:

  • The daily living component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at either rate
  • Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate for personal care
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance (subject to certain conditions)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

You do not need to be related to the person you care for.

The current rate for Carer’s Allowance is £64.60 per week (October 2018). The rate is reviewed each year in April, but isn’t necessarily increased.

Click here to visit Carers UK website and find out more about Carer's Allowance.


Carer’s Allowance is taxable, but you will only pay tax if you have other sources of taxable income such as an occupational pension or earnings.

Carer’s Allowance is not means-tested or based upon your National Insurance record. It is not based on your savings, but your earnings may affect your entitlement.

You can use the Government's website - GOV.UK - to check if you're eligible [external website]

What you have to do to qualify for Carer’s Allowance

You can qualify for Carer’s Allowance by doing any of the following tasks:

  • Physically helping the person
  • Ensuring they do not come to harm – for example, if they were left unattended they may be prone to wandering or may forget to turn gas or hobs off
  • Helping with practical tasks, such as cooking
  • Tidying up and cleaning
  • This time must total a minimum of 35 hours every week and it must be time spent caring for one person. You cannot care for different people to make up the 35 hours. Time spent travelling to and from the person you care for does not count.

General terms

In order to claim Carer’s Allowance:

  • The ‘week’ runs from Sunday to Saturday.
  • The time cannot be averaged out over a number of weeks.
  • If you share caring duties with another person, and you both provide at least 35 hours of care ever week, only one of you can claim Carer’s Allowance. The other person may be eligible for Carer’s Credit so should seek advice about their entitlement.
  • If the person you care for is also caring for someone, you can both claim Carer’s Allowance. If you are caring for each other this also applies.

Apply for Carers Allowance

You can use the Government's website - GOV.UK - to check if you're eligible [external website] and to apply for Carers Allowance [external website].

If you can’t apply online, you can apply by post [external website]. The address to send your application to is at the end of the form.


Carer's Credits

Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit which will enable carers to build up qualifying years for the basic State Pension and additional State Pension.


To claim the Carer’s Credit you need to be caring for one or more disabled person for a total of 20 hours or more a week.

You don’t need to apply for Carer’s Credit if you get Carer’s Allowance - you’ll automatically get credits.

To be eligible for Carer's Credit you must be:

  • aged 16 or over
  • under State Pension age
  • looking after one or more people for at least 20 hours a week

To be eligible for Carer’s Credit you need to be caring for someone who receives one of the following benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance care component at the middle or highest rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment - daily living component, at the standard or enhanced rate
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

Without listed benefits

If the person you’re caring for doesn’t get one of these benefits, you may still be able to get Carer’s Credit.

When you apply, fill in the ‘Care Certificate’ part of the application form and get a health or social care professional to sign it.

Carers who don’t qualify for Carer’s Allowance may qualify for Carer’s Credit.

Benefit calculator

Check online what benefits you might be able to claim with a free and easy calculator by Carer Trust.

Click here to visit the Carer Trust page and discover how to use their benefit calculator.


Apply for Carer's Credit

You can use the Government's website - GOV.UK - to apply for Carer’s Credit [external website].


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