Last Updated: September 2016

Carer’s Allowance will pay you £62.10 a week, if you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week and if they get certain benefits.

You don’t have to be related to or live with the person you care for.

You won’t be paid extra if you care for more than one person.

You can claim for carers allowance if:

  • You are 16 years old or over;
  • You care, for the person you are claiming, for at least 35 hours a week;
  • Your take home pay does not exceed £110 a week. Any childcare costs or replacement care costs associated with working can be deducted from your earnings when calculating whether you qualify.
  • If you are in full-time education, to be entitled you must spend less than 21 hours in ‘supervised study’, and not doing a course described as full-time by the college or establishment providing it.
  • The person you care for must be claiming (or waiting to hear about):
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (middle or higher rate for personal care)
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  • Personal Independence Payment (Daily Living Component at either Standard or enhanced rate)

For help applying and checking your eligibility please see the following links: