Carers Allowance

Am I eligible?

Carers Allowance is not a means tested benefit which means any savings you have are not taken into consideration.
You may be able to claim carers allowance if you:

  • spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a disabled person
  • have caring responsibilities for someone who receives the higher or middle-rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, either rate of Personal Independence Payment daily living component, or any rate of Attendance Allowance
  • don’t earn more than £120 a week after deductions. 
  • are not in full-time education

If you get the State Pension you won’t be paid Carer’s Allowance. But don’t be put off making a claim, because if you’re eligible then you could be awarded extra Pension Credit or Housing Benefit instead.

If you’re claiming Universal Credit, you may be able to get an extra amount because of your caring role without actually applying for Carer's Allowance. This is known as a carer element.

How do I claim Carer's Allowance?

Call the Carer's Allowance Unit on 0800 731 0297 (textphone: 0800 731 0317) or visit GOV.UK to download a claim form or make a claim online.

Read more in Carers UK's factsheet: Carers Allowance