If you look after your partner, or a relative or friend who needs help because they are ill or disabled, could be eligible for benefit.
The main welfare benefit for carers is called Carer’s Allowance.
Does Our Place hear you asking: how do I know if I’m eligible?
To qualify for Carer’s Allowance, you must:
Spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a disabled person. It doesn’t matter if you don’t live with them
Care for someone who receives the higher or middle rate care component of Disability Living Allowance or any rate of Attendance Allowance.
Not earn more than £100 a week (after deductions)
Not be in full-time education.
If you are under pension age, you will also get National Insurance credits each week towards your pension.
Carer’s Allowance may not be paid if you are receiving a State Pension or certain other benefits.
However‚ it may be a good idea to apply anyway because you could get extra Pension Credit and/or Council Tax/Housing Benefit.
Carer’s Allowance can sometimes continue for short periods if you or the person you care for goes into hospital, or if you have a break from caring.
Understandably, Our Place expects you’ll be thinking how do I claim?
Well, the easiest way is to call the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00 and ask for a claim form. You can also make a claim online at www.dwp.gov.uk/carersallowance.