You qualify for Carer's Allowance if you:
- Care for someone who gets the middle or highest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), or any rate of Attendance Allowance, a benefit for older people
- AND, if you work, you do not earn over £100 per week (after allowable deductions such as tax, National Insurance and certain childcare costs)
- AND, if you are a student, your course is not defined as full time
If you are in receipt of another income replacement benefit like contributory Employment and Support Allowance or Retirement Pension, then you may not be paid Carers Allowance. However, it is often still worthwhile claiming Carers Allowance in these circumstances as it will mean you count as a carer for means -tested benefits - and these will be calculated more generously.
Claiming Carers Allowance can also help protect your state pension. This is because you will receive a Class 1 National Insurance credit for every week you receive Carers Allowance.
How to claim Carer's Allowance