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Carer's Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is a benefit to help people who look after someone for at least 35 hours a week. It is worth around £62.70, but it is taxable and may affect other benefits that you receive.

You could also be entitled to other benefits, tax credits and financial support depending on your situation.
The benefits system can be complicated and you may appreciate some help making a claim. You can get advice from your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau or your local carers support worker.


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

  • Personal Independence Payment – daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance – the 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

You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply:

  • you’re 16 or over
  • you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
  • you’ve been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this doesn’t apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
  • you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces
  • you’re not in full-time education
  • you’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more
  • you earn no more than £116 a week after tax and some expenses – these will be assessed when you apply

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