Carer’s Allowance  

Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people over 16 who are giving regular and substantial care to disabled children or adults in their own homes.

You may be entitled to claim for Carer’s Allowance if you:

  • Care for someone for at least 35 hours a week
  • Do not earn more than £128 a week after tax (this figure is revised every April)
  • Live in the UK when you claim Carer's Allowance
  • Are not a full-time student (defined as ‘supervised studying for 21 or more hours per week’)


The person you are caring for receives one of the following qualifying benefits:

  • DLA (Disability Living Allowance) care component at the middle or highest rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • PIP daily living component
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

Carer's Allowance is paid at a standard rate, currently set at £67.70 a week.

Further details on Carer’s Allowance can be found here.


Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is up to date, however changes in the law over time may affect the accuracy of some content. The information provided does not constitute legal or professional advice. You should always check details regarding your welfare rights with a local advice centre or the Department for Works and Pensions.

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