What is the Carer's Allowance?
If you care for someone else, whether you’re looking after their mental or physical wellbeing, you could be entitled to The Carer’s Allowance.If you are unsure if you are a carer, take a look at our blog which will shed some light on whether you are a carer and therefore if you are eligible for financial support. Providing the person you care for receives certain benefits (which are detailed below), you earn under a certain amount per week, and you care for someone for at least 35 hours of your week, you could be entitled to £67.25 per week to assist with any expenses that you may be met with.
Am I entitled to the Carer's Allowance?
Cared-for Individual Criteria
The person you care for must receive at least one of the following benefits:
How does Covid-19 impact the Carer's Allowance?
You can still qualify for this allowance if you are providing remote care during the pandemic. The government has confirmed that this includes emotional support.
If you are forced to take a break from caring, due to the need for you or the person you care for to self-isolate, your carer’s allowance payments will not be impacted.
What is the impact of the Carer's Allowance on the benefits I currently have?
You cannot claim The Carer’s Allowance if you receive:
This can be put down to overlapping benefits rules. If you’re already receiving the amount that the carer’s allowance provides then you are not entitled to it.
The carer’s allowance does not count towards a benefits cap. However, if you receive Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit contact HMRC to make them aware of your claim.
That being said, you can still put in a claim, but as an ‘underlying entitlement’.
It’s a good idea to get an online benefit check to see if the carers support allowance can be claimed as an ‘underlying entitlement’.
Equally, the person you care for may lose their:
It is likely that some of your benefits will be reduced, but in most cases, the amount of your total benefits will either go up or remain the same.
What else am I entitled to?
If you are entitled to the Carer’s Allowance, it is possible that you are also entitled to:
How can I get the Carer's Allowance?
You can apply either online or by post. Take a look at the gov.uk website for the details you will need to include and where to submit these details.
Remember, you can always appeal decisions due to mandatory reconsideration measures being put in place for every applicant.