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A Guide to Benefits if you care for a disabled person

If you care for a disabled person, you may be able to claim Carer’s Allowance, and in some cases, Universal Credit.

You can get Carer’s Allowance if you:

  • Are 16 or over.
  • Provide 35 hours a week of care to someone receiving the higher or middle rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, the daily living component of the Personal Independence Payment or either rate of Attendance Allowance.
  • Are not working, or you are working but you earn no more than the earnings limit for Carer’s Allowance.
  • Are not in full-time education (this means 21 hours a week or more).

Carer’s Allowance does not depend on household income so it doesn’t matter how much anyone else in your house earns. But you should seek advice if the disabled person needs to claim income-based benefits, because claiming Carer’s Allowance can affect what they get.

You will find more information about Carer’s Allowance and how to claim it on the GOV.UK website. The Carers UK website also has lots of information about Carer’s Allowance and other financial help for carers.

Carers making a new claim for benefits may have to claim Universal Credit instead of existing benefits. However, Carer’s Allowance continues to be an important benefit to claim outside of Universal Credit, and you will still need to claim Council Tax Reduction separately as well.

If you count as a carer for Carer’s Allowance, you may already be claiming benefits such as Income Support, but this will depend on other circumstances including hours of work, savings, partner’s work, and joint income; Housing Benefit if you pay rent; Council Tax Reduction if you pay council tax; or Working Tax Credit if you or your partner work.

You can do a benefits check for your family on the Turn2Us website or Entitledto.

Working Families has useful information if you need to change your hours at work because of your caring responsibilities.

This advice applies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you live in another part of the UK, the law may differ. Please call our helpline for more details.

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