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Carers Allowance

You can claim Carer’s Allowance if you are aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a person who receives Attendance Allowance (at either rate), Disability Living Allowance (at the middle or higher rate for the care component), Personal Independent Payment daily living component, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the basic (full-day) rate with a War Disablement Pension or Armed Forces Independence Payment.

You cannot claim Carer’s Allowance if you are on a course of full-time education, and studying for 21 hours a week or more, (this includes supervised study and things like coursework and experiments, not just time spent with a tutor) or earn more than £116 a week (after tax, National Insurance and allowable expenses, which include care costs while you’re at work and 50% of any payments into a pension).  Please visit https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance for further information.

The weekly rate is £64.60 (as at April 2018).  This is reduced by the amount of certain other benefits, including State Pension, which you receive.  If you receive certain other benefits you may not get Carer’s Allowance.