If you are providing care for someone for at least 35 hours per week and they receive certain disability benefits you may be eligible to claim Carers Allowance.
You could receive £69.70 per week and you don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you are caring for. However if you care for more than one person, you can only be paid for one and you will receive no extra.
The impact on other benefits
Claiming carers Allowance can have an impact on other benefits you receive and the benefits the person you care for receives.
The impact on the person you care for
The impact on your benefits
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How to claim Carer's Allowance
Carer’s Allowance will normally be backdated for 3 months only, but there are exceptions. You can claim within three months of the person you care for receiving a decision about their qualifying disability benefit. You will then be able to receive carer’s Allowance and have it backdated to the date the qualifying disability benefit was awarded. However you must have satisfied the Carer’s Allowance conditions for the whole of that period.
Changes in circumstance
You must report any change in your circumstances whether you are already claiming or if you have applied for Carer’s Allowance. For example, getting a job, or temporarily temporarily stop providing care for the disabled person you are claiming Carers Allowance for.
Temporary break in caring for someone
If you stop caring for someone temporarily, for example because they have gone into hospital, you can still receive Carer’s Allowance.
If your claim for Carer’s Allowance is turned down, you can ask the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) (England, Wales & Scotland) or the Department for Communities (DfC) (Northern Ireland) to look at the decision again.