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Carer's Allowance

Find out about Carer's Allowance, including the eligibility criteria, allowances and the application process.

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What is Carers Allowance?

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Carer’s Allowance is the name of a benefit that some people who care for someone can get. 

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Carer’s Allowance is for people who do not get paid to care for the person. 

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If you care for someone, you might help them to: 

  • wash, dress or eat
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  • shop, cook or clean their house or flat
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  • manage money, make phone calls or go out.

Can I get Carers Allowance?

To get Carer's Allowance you must:

  • live in England, Scotland or Wales.
  • have lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years.
  • be 16 or over  
  • care for someone for 35 hours or more per week.

And you must not:

  • earn more than £139 per week 
  • be in full time education  
  • be studying for more than 21 hours per week.
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Things to consider if you're thinking about applying for Carer's Allowance:

Carer’s Allowance is a taxable benefit and forms part of your taxable income.  

If you claim Carer’s Allowance, it may affect some of your other benefits or some of the benefits of the person you care for.

You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.

If you get State Pension or Pension Credit, you might not get Carer’s Allowance. 

The person that you care for must get one of these benefits: 

  • Personal Independence Payment - daily living component 
  • Disability Living Allowance - middle or highest care rate 
  • Attendance Allowance 
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at 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 
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Eligibility criteria for claiming Carer's Allowance:

The full eligibility criteria for claiming Carer’s Allowance can be found on the government’s website.  

This includes information about: 

  • if your earnings are sometimes more than £139 a week
  • if someone else also cares for the person
  • if you get State Pension
  • if you get Pension Credit

What checks are needed to get Carer’s Allowance?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will need to check: 

  • how much money you earn 
  • the details of your course if you are a student 
  • how much you pay for your pension 
  • how much you pay for care for your children or the person you care for when you are at work 
  • which benefits you and the person you care for already get.
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How much is Carer's Allowance?

From April 2024 - March 2025, the weekly payment is £81.90.

You can choose to be paid weekly in advance or every 4 weeks. 

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How to apply for Carer's Allowance

How to apply for Carer’s Allowance

It's easy to apply for Carer’s Allowance. 
To find out how to apply for Carer’s Allowance, we have created a straightforward step-by-step digital guide to take you through the application process.

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Frequently asked questions about Carer’s Allowance

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The information on this page is for guidance only. Mencap hold no responsibility for DWP processes, timescales, decisions, and service.

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