Carer's Allowance is a weekly benefit for people who are full-time carers for a sick or disabled person.
To qualify for this benefit, you do not have to live with the person you care for – they could be your partner, relative, neighbour or friend.
Criteria for claims
You can claim if:
- you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who gets Attendance Allowance (any rate) or the Disability Living Allowance care component (middle or higher rate) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living activity component at any rate, and
- you earn £102 a week or less (or £110 a week or less from April 2015). Some earnings can be ignored – get advice about this.
- you are aged 16 or over.
You must also satisfy the residency conditions. For example, you must be 'habitually resident' and must have lived in Great Britain for at least two out of the last three years.
To find out more and apply for Carer's Allowance, visit the Gov.Uk website.