Carer's Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit from the Government for carers.  You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.

To get Carer’s Allowance you must meet all the following conditions:

  • You look after someone who gets a qualifying disability benefit.
  • You look after that person for at least 35 hours a week.
  • You are aged 16 or over.
  • You are not in full-time education.
  • You earn £110 a week or less (after deductions).
  • You satisfy UK presence and residence conditions.

Carer’s Allowance is not means-tested – in other words not based on your income or savings – but earnings may affect your entitlement. It is not based on your National Insurance record.

Carer’s Allowance is taxable but, because it is a low amount, on its own it is below the threshold for paying tax. So you will only have to pay tax if you have other sources of taxable income such as an occupational pension or earnings.

This is a summary of the rules, however please note that if you get other certain benefits this can complicate things.

To apply for Carers Allowance click here to the Government website.

You cannot receive Carers Allowance unless the person you care for receives DLA (Disability Living Allowance) at the middle or higher rate, Attendance Allowance or the “daily living component” with their Personal Independence Payment.

If you are receiving a pension, you may not qualify for Carers Allowance, but may qualify for a Carers Premium.  Call our Benefits Advice Officer for more information on 0208 366 3677 or email: