Carer's Allowance is a payment for people who spend at least 35 hours a week providing regular care to someone who has a disability.
You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for to qualify for the benefit, however, the person you care for must be receiving certain benefits because of their disability, which in some cases has to be paid at a certain rate.
You may also be able to claim Carer’s Allowance if you provide care remotely during the coronavirus pandemic - this includes giving emotional support over the phone or online.
Carer's Allowance is paid at £67.60 per week and you can choose to be paid weekly in advance or every four weeks.
You will qualify for the payment whether you’re in or out of work, however, you must not earn more than £128 a week.
Carer’s Allowance does not depend on National Insurance contributions and is not means-tested, in other words it's not based on your personal income or savings - but just be aware that earnings may affect your entitlement.
Scots receiving Carer's Allowance are also eligible for an extra payment known as the Carer's Allowance Supplement.
Carer's Allowance Supplement is £231.40 and is paid in two payments each year on dates set by the Scottish Government.
The next payment will be made in June - you will get this if you were receiving Carer's Allowance on April 12, 2021.
This will be followed by a payment in December - you will get this if you are receiving Carer's Allowance on October 11, 2021
Am I eligible for Carer’s Allowance?
You may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you, the person you care for and the type of care you provide meets certain criteria.
The person you care for must already get one of these benefits:
If someone else also cares for the same person as you, only one of you can claim Carer’s Allowance.
The type of care you provide
You need to spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone.
This can include:
If you or the person you care for are affected by coronavirus, you can still claim Carer’s Allowance if you provide care remotely, this includes giving emotional support over the phone or online.
Guidance on GOV.UK states that all of the following must apply:
How do I make a claim for Carer's Allowance?
You can claim online at the GOV.UK website here or phone the Carer’s Allowance Unit for a claim form on 0800 731 0297.
Before you apply make sure you have your:
GOV.UK guidance states that you also need details of the person you care for.
You need their:
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More help and advice about Carer's Allowance
You can get more help and advice from:
Find out more about claiming Carer’s Allowance on the Gov.uk website here.