Benefits for carers
You might not think of yourself as a carer. But you probably are if you're looking after someone regularly, including your spouse or a family member, because they're ill or disabled.
As a carer, you may be entitled to one or more state benefits to help you with the costs.
View the latest benefits and financial support if you're caring for someone advice on the GOV.UK website.
You could get £69.70 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.
You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.
You do not get paid extra if you care for more than one person.
If someone else also cares for the same person as you, only one of you can claim Carer's Allowance.
Carer's Allowance can affect the other benefits that you and the person you care for get. You have to pay tax on it if your income is over the Personal Allowance.
You could get Carer's Credit if you're caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week.
Your income, savings or investments will not affect eligibility for Carer's Credit.
Disability Living Allowance for children
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:
- is under 16
- has difficulties walking or needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability
They will need to meet all the eligibility requirements.
The DLA rate is between £24.45 and £156.90 a week and depends on the level of help the child needs.
Check what benefits you can get
Check if you're entitled to Carer's Allowance and other benefits with the entitled to benefits calculator.
Get a carer's assessment
As a carer, you may be eligible for support from your local council. Before you receive any help from your local council, you need to have a carer's assessment.
Get help and advice
Get expert benefits advice, plus help filling in claim forms, from:
- Carers UK helpline on 0808 808 7777
- Age UK on 0800 678 1602
- Citizens Advice on 0800 144 8848
- Gingerbread (for single parents) on 0808 802 0925
- Family Rights Group on 0808 801 0366
How to challenge a benefit decision
You can challenge a benefit decision if:
- your benefit payment is stopped
- your claim for a benefit is refused
This page is based on content that originated from the NHS (adapted)
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This page was last updated on 14 June 2022