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If you are unable to work full-time because you are caring for someone with a disability or health problem‚ you might be able to claim Carer’s Allowance. You will need to be spending at least 35 hours a week caring for someone with a disability who receives a Disability Living Allowance (Middle or Higher Rate for Personal Care) or Attendance Allowance.
To qualify for Carer’s Allowance, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be 16 year or over
- You must not be in full time education (this is defined as supervised studying for 21 or more hours per week)
- You must not earn more than £100 net pay
- You are not receiving a state pension or certain other benefits
- You must spend at least 35 hours a week caring for that person and it does not matter if you live with them or not
- You need to be caring for someone who is receiving the higher or middle rate care component of Disability Living Allowance or any rate of Attendance Allowance
- You must be living in the UK when you claim Carer’s Allowance and satisfy certain residence and immigration rules
Your eligibility for Carer’s Allowance won’t be affected by any savings that you have or your National Insurance contributions record. Receiving Carer’s Allowance can protect your eligibility for the state pension by helping you build up your National Insurance contribution record
Underlying Entitlement: You cannot receive Carer’s Allowance and a State Retirement Pension. If however, you are a carer who would qualify for Carer’s Allowance, you may be entitled to what is known as Underlying Entitlement, which may entitle you to benefits that your retirement pension does.
For further guidance on Carer’s Allowance please get in touch: 020 89603033 (Westminster) or 020 73869417 (Hammersmith) firstname.lastname@example.org
To download a Carer’s Allowance claim form please visit GOV.UK
Carers who don’t qualify for Carer’s Allowance may qualify for Carer’s Credit.You could get Carer’s Credit if you’re caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week. This is a National Insurance credit that helps build your entitlement to the basic State Pension and additional State Pension. It makes sure there are no gaps in your National Insurance record. Your income, savings or investments won’t affect eligibility for Carer’s Credit.
To get Carer’s Credit you must be:
- aged 16 or over
- under the State Pension age
- looking after one or more people for at least 20 hours a week
The person you’re looking after must get one of the following:
- Disability Living Allowance care component at the middle or highest rate
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment – daily living component at the standard or enhanced rate
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
If the person you’re caring for doesn’t get one of these benefits, you may still be able to get Carer’s Credit. When you apply, fill in the ‘Care Certificate’ part of the application form and get a health or social care professional to sign it.
Breaks in caring and eligibility
You can still get Carer’s Credit even if you have breaks from caring (up to 12 weeks in a row).
For example, you’ll still get Carer’s Credit for 12 weeks if:
- you take a short holiday
- someone you look after goes into hospital
- you go into hospital
Keep the Carer’s Allowance Unit updated if you have a break in caring of more than 12 weeks in a row.