Carer's Allowance

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Carer's Allowance





Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit from the Government for Carers.  You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.



To get Carer’s Allowance you must meet all the following conditions:


  • You look after someone who gets a qualifying disability benefit.
  • You look after that person for at least 35 hours a week.
  • You are aged 16 or over.
  • You are not in full-time education.
  • You earn £116 a week or less (after deductions).
  • You satisfy UK presence and residence conditions.


Carer’s Allowance is not means-tested – in other words not based on your income or savings – but earnings may affect your entitlement. It is not based on your National Insurance record.


Carer’s Allowance is taxable but, because it is a low amount, on its own it is below the threshold for paying tax. This means you will only have to pay tax if you have other sources of taxable income such as an occupational pension or earnings.

This is a summary of the rules, however please note that if you get other certain benefits this can complicate things.



To apply for Carer’s Allowance click here to the Government website.

Improve Recovery After Exercise

You cannot receive Carers Allowance unless the person you care for receives DLA’s (Disability Living Allowance) Care Component at the middle or higher rate, Attendance Allowance or the “daily living component” with their Personal Independence Payment.



Improve Flexibility

If you are receiving a pension, you may not qualify for Carers Allowance, but may qualify for a Carers Premium. Call our Welfare Benefits Advisor for more information on 020 7791 5571 or email:



Address: The Carers Centre

21 Brayford Square

London, E1 0SG


Phone: 020 7790 1765




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Tuesday – 9.30am – 5pm

Wednesday – 9.30am – 8pm

Thursday – 9.30am – 5pm

Friday – 9.30am – 5pm

Saturday – 11am – 3pm

Sunday – Closed


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