Could you be eligible to claim Carer’s Allowance?

During Carers Week 2021 we’re raising awareness of a carer’s role and signposting them to the support they could be eligible for.

Do you :

  • spend at least 35 hours each week caring for a disabled person. You don’t have to live with them or be related to them to claim
  • care for someone who receives the higher-rate or middle-rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, either rate of Personal Independence Payment daily living component, or any rate of Attendance Allowance
  • not earn more than £128 each week (after deductions)
  • not in full-time education

People assume that their savings or National Insurance record will stop them from being eligible, that’s not the case. It won’t make a difference to your claim.

In fact you don’t even have to be related to or live with the person you care for to claim Carer’s Allowance.

Don’t be discouraged

If you receive State Pension you won’t be paid Carer’s Allowance. Don’t let that put you off making a claim. If you’re eligible then you could be awarded extra Pension Credit or Housing Benefit instead.

Also if you’re claiming Universal Credit, you may be able to get an extra amount because of your caring role without actually applying for Carer’s Allowance. This is known as a carer element.

Free Benefit Check

We always suggest that you give our Information & Advice team a call who will provide a Benefit Check for you simply over the phone.

How much is Carer’s Allowance?

Carer’s Allowance is worth £67.60 per week (for April 2021-22) and is usually paid every four weeks. Additionally you’ll also receive National Insurance credits each week towards your pension if you’re under pensionable age.

If your own circumstances were to change, i.e. you took a break from your caring role you must inform DWP. Again we can support you to do this with a simple phone call to our office.

Likewise if the person you care for is taken into hospital or care or sadly passes away you must make DWP aware as the benefit will cease to be paid, not immediately but this will happen.

Where to start?

You can either complete an online application on the Government’s website or allow our Information & Advice team to support you through the process.

Firstly give us a call Tel: 0191 2808484 option 1. We’ll take some details over the telephone and offer a benefit check. Then, based on the outcome of this we can arrange an appointment to support you through the process- if you wish.  This process is free.

What have you got to lose by giving our Information & Advice team a call?

Tel: 0191 2808484 Option 1 Monday–Friday 08:45-16:30 or e mail enquiries@ageuknorthtyneside.org.uk  

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