You may be able to get £62.70* a week Carers Allowance if all of the following apply:
• you’re 16 or over
• you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
• you have been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years
• 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 or studying for 21 hours a week or more
• you earn no more than £116 a week* after deductions for; tax, cost of replacement care and 50% of what you pay into your pension The person you are caring for must receive one of the following benefits:
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component
• Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – the middle or highest care rate
• Attendance Allowance
• Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, or basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
• Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
You may also be able to claim other benefits, e.g. an income related benefit and Pension Credit.
You might not be eligible for Carers Allowance if you are claiming some other benefits, such as a state pension, but you should still apply. This is because these other benefits might be increased as a result of your caring role.
Be aware that claiming Carer’s Allowance may affect the benefits that the cared for person receives. You should always check this with an adviser.
0345 608 4321
If you are subject to immigration control you may not be eligible for Carers Allowance – check with an adviser.
Norfolk Carers can help you to apply on-line or by phone.
0808 808 9876
07497 002864 (text only)
Go to our “Do it here” page.
Carers who don’t qualify for Carer’s Allowance may qualify for Carer’s Credit. If you’re caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week.
Carer’s Credit helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. Your State Pension is based on your National Insurance record.
Your income, savings or investments won’t affect eligibility for this benefit. If you’re eligible for Carer’s Credit, you can get credits to help fill
gaps in your National Insurance record. This means you can take on caring responsibilities without affecting your State Pension. To get Carer’s Credit you must be:
• aged 16 or over; and under State Pension age
• looking after one or more people for at least 20 hours a week
The person you’re looking after must get one of the following:
• 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
If the person you’re caring for doesn’t get one of these benefits, you may still be able to get Carer’s Credit. Fill in the ‘Care Certificate’ part of the application form and get a health or social care professional to sign it.
Breaks from caring
You can still get Carer’s Credit even if you have breaks from caring (up to 12 weeks in a row). A break is any time you spend less than 35 hours a week caring for the other person, for example: if you take a short holiday, or someone you look after goes into hospital. Keep the Carer’s Allowance Unit updated if you have a break in caring of more than 12 weeks in a row.
You don’t need to apply for Carer’s Credit if you get Carer’s Allowance – you’ll automatically get credits. To apply download the Carer’s Credit claim form from the website or call the carers allowance unit (below). It includes a Care Certificate – ask a health or social care professional to sign it for you.
0345 608 4321
You can also download the form from our “Do It Here” button.