Home > Money Matters > Carer's Allowance

Carer's Allowance

By: Judith Cameron - Updated: 23 Nov 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Carer's Allowance Carer Premium Care

It is estimated that there are more than 3 million people who are at work and who are also carers. For most of these people it is a struggle to maintain a job as well as having to care for a loved one at the end of their working day. Although many of these people enjoy the stimulation of going to work outside the home, the primary reason why they continue to be employed elsewhere is often because they know of the financial hardships endured by carers who have no other paid occupation.

However, if you have been working outside the house and become aware that your loved one’s condition is getting worse, you may have little choice. If the time has come where it is no longer safe for them to be left home alone and you perhaps feel that the community care available is inadequate, you may decide to give up work, or at least cut your hours. This is a difficult choice to make especially when you discover how little you will be paid to be a full-time carer. If you continue to do a small amount of paid work as well as looking after your loved one, you should still be eligible to receive a Carer's Allowance. It is the main state benefit for carers and is currently worth £48.65 a week.

Who Qualifies for Carer’s Allowance?

To qualify you need to meet all of the following rules. Please check each of them carefully as they are quite complicated.

  • You must be at least 16 years of age
  • You must look after someone else for at least 35 hours a week
  • The person you look after must be in receipt of a qualifying disability benefit
  • If you do other paid work, you must not earn more than £95 a week
  • You cannot already be receiving specific other benefits
  • You must be a resident of the United Kingdom when you claim Carer's Allowance
  • You must not be in full-time education

Carer Premium

It is worth remembering that if you qualify for Carer’s Allowance, you may also be able to get an additional payment called Carer Premium – this is an extra amount of money (up to £27.15 a week) that can be included in the calculation of Income Support, income-based Job Seekers' Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. The Carer Premium is not an individual benefit but an extra amount of money included in the calculation of these other state benefits. You cannot get Carer Premium without first having applied for the Carer's Allowance and you must satisfy all of the rules above except the rule concerning receiving specified benefits. If you apply successfully for Carer's Allowance, and you are on Income Support or income-based Job Seekers' Allowance, the Carer Premium should be added to your benefit automatically. If it is not added to your benefit within a couple of weeks of receiving the decision about Carer's Allowance, contact your local Social Security office. Take with you the letter you received agreeing the application for Carer’s Allowance.

If you have already been receiving Housing Benefit when you are awarded the Carer’s Allowance, tell your local Social Security office. They will recalculate the benefit to take this into account.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
I care for my mum full time...i recieve carers allowence...do i qualify for free dental care?
Jools - 23-Nov-20 @ 7:38 PM
Iam a full timecarer for my mother and get £269.00 a month and no other income. am i entitled to free eye test and glasses .thanks.
baggers - 19-Nov-20 @ 10:07 PM
I'm a full time carer for my granddaughter, I live with my partner who works 3 day wk, I'm in need of dental treatment which he refuses to help with, I cannot go out to work as my lo 24 hr care, can I claim for treatment on my own or will they take his earnings into account.thankyou.
Macca - 19-Aug-19 @ 8:18 PM
Emmapage123 - Your Question:
I get carers allowance for my partner can I get free dental treatment?

Our Response:
The NHS link here should help you answer your question.
TheCarer - 7-Aug-18 @ 11:41 AM
I get carers allowance for my partner can I get free dental treatment?
Emmapage123 - 5-Aug-18 @ 7:37 PM
Radar61 - Your Question:
I get carers allowance of £62 and I am 63 yrs old and was wondering if I can get free glasses

Our Response:
You can see more via the link here , which should answer your question.
TheCarer - 1-Sep-17 @ 3:27 PM
I get carers allowance of £62 and I am 63 yrs old and was wondering if I can get free glasses
Radar61 - 1-Sep-17 @ 1:59 PM
Alyyy - Your Question:
I'm on carers allowance.and I have need of the dentist but I'm worried that it's gonna be expensive cause I have a wisdom tooth coming out and one of my teeth are rotting. Do carers get free dental or any help with payments? Thank you

Our Response:
The NHS link here should help answer your question.
TheCarer - 22-Aug-17 @ 11:31 AM
I'm on carers allowance...and I have need of the dentist but I'm worried that it's gonna be expensive cause I have a wisdom tooth coming out and one of my teeth are rotting. Do carers get free dental or any help with payments? Thank you
Alyyy - 21-Aug-17 @ 5:02 PM
New to the concept of being a carer of an elderly in-law, having looked at your, the govt's and other, website (and yours needs updating!), I don't see how the hours stipulated are monitored.Surely this has an opportunity for the benefit, however derisory (£1.65 p/h @ £58.45 p/w, from 4/12!) it is for what is essentially a full-time - 35 hrs - job, to be defrauded.Could you give me a definitive answer?Thank you.
boson2 - 22-Apr-13 @ 10:29 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Jools
    Re: Carer's Allowance
    I care for my mum full time...i recieve carers allowence...do i qualify for free dental care?
    23 November 2020
  • baggers
    Re: Carer's Allowance
    Iam a full time carer for my mother and get £269.00 a month and no other income. am i entitled to free eye test and glasses .thanks.
    19 November 2020
  • jonjo
    Re: Could I be Exempt from Paying Car Tax?
    I receive free car tax but my car has broken down can I put my free car tax on my wifes car as she cares for me
    1 June 2020
  • Clare
    Re: Could I be Exempt from Paying Car Tax?
    Hi I’m a carer for my mum can I get for car tax or money off I use my car a lot for my mum but have children so use…
    24 April 2020
  • Purpletiger
    Re: Dealing With The Emotions Involved With Caring
    The Forgotten Carers Of course I fully respect and appreciate the extremely hard work that our wonderful…
    18 April 2020
  • Diamond82
    Re: How Do I Become a Carer For My Elderly Neighbour?
    I have been taking care of a 76yr old family friend and I have found myself spending more time and…
    15 December 2019
  • Macca
    Re: Carer's Allowance
    I'm a full time carer for my granddaughter, I live with my partner who works 3 day wk, I'm in need of dental treatment which he refuses to help…
    19 August 2019
  • Ruffuss
    Re: Health Benefits For Carer's
    I’m a career and receive £66 a week in the north west do I qualify for dental treatment Kind regards Ruth McNally
    17 August 2019