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.
Carer's Allowance is the main state benefit for carers.
You can get it if you after someone for more than 35 hours a week.
A National Insurance (NI) contribution to help make sure you don't lose out on some social security benefits, such as the State Pension, because of gaps in your NI record.
You can get it if you look after someone for more than 20 hours a week and you don't get Carer's Allowance.
An allowance you get on top of some benefits.
You can get it if you already get a benefit, such as Income Support or Housing Benefit.
Ask about it at your local Jobcentre Plus or Jobs and Benefits Office.
You can get it if you're the parent carer of a disabled child.
Check if you're entitled to Carer's Allowance and other benefits with the entitledto benefits calculator.
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.
You can challenge a benefit decision if: