Home Advice for Parents & CarersBenefits for carers of disabled adults A Guide to Benefits if you care for a disabled person

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.

Even if you are working and earn too much to get Carer’s Allowance, you may still be able to get Universal Credit. It can include a carer element (which increases the amount you can get) if you meet certain conditions.

You may be able to claim Council Tax Reduction as well, whether or not you are working, although you usually have to be on a low income.

If you count as a carer of a disabled person, you may already be claiming benefits such as Income Support or income-related Employment and Support Allowance, but this will depend on other circumstances including hours of work, savings, partner’s work, and joint income. You might also be claiming Housing Benefit if you pay rent, Council Tax Reduction if you pay council tax, Child Tax Credit if you have children and/or Working Tax Credit if you or your partner work. In most cases, you cannot make a new claim for Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, tax credits or Housing Benefit, but there are exceptions for people getting a severe disability premium (this is only likely to apply if you are disabled yourself and getting a disability benefit).

If you get any of the benefits being replaced by Universal Credit, you should seek advice before claiming it, as you can end up worse off.

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

The Carers UK website also has lots of information about Carer’s Allowance and other financial help for carers.

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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