Support for carers

Financial support and advice

Carers Allowance

You may be able to receive Carer’s Allowance if:

  • You look after someone who receives a disability benefit
  • You provide care for this person for more than 35 hours a week
  • You are aged 16 or over
  • You are not in full time education
  • You earn less than £116 a week (after tax and deductions)
  • You meet UK residence and presence criteria.
  • You’re not in full-time education
  • You’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more
  • You’re not subject to immigration control
  • You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.

To be eligible for Carer’s Allowance you need to be caring for someone who receives one of the following benefits:

  • The daily living component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at either rate
  • Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate for personal care
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance (subject to certain conditions)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

You do not need to be related to the person you care for.

Find out about more about Carers Allowance

Apply

You can apply for carers allowance via the Gov.uk website.

Carer's Credit

Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit which will enable carers to build up qualifying years for the basic State Pension and additional State Pension.

To find out more, whether you are eligible and to apply visit  www.gov.uk/carers-credit