Coronavirus and Carer’s Allowance
During the coronavirus emergency, the rules for Carer’s Allowance are relaxed so that if you are already claiming it, but can’t currently care for the disabled person due to either you, or the person you care for, being in isolation due to symptoms of coronavirus or infection/contamination, you can carry on getting it. The DWP says that temporarily, emotional support can also count towards the 35 hours a week of care. (The same relaxation of the rules applies in Northern Ireland).
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who care for disabled adults or children.
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.
- 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. If you count as a carer for Carer’s Allowance, you may also be able to claim Universal Credit but this will depend on other circumstances including savings, partner’s work, and joint income. Some carers may be on Income Support, one of the benefits which Universal Credit has replaced. In general, you cannot make new claims for Income Support, unless very limited circumstances apply.
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. Claiming Carer’s Allowance can affect the benefits of the person you care for, if they are on income-based benefits, so it is particularly important to get advice about this before claiming.
Working Families has useful information if you need to reduce your hours 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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