Carer’s allowance

Apply for money because you look after someone

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. You don’t have to be related to, or live with the person you care for. You do have to be looking after that person for at least 35 hours a week. Carer’s Allowance is paid at £66.15 a week from April 2019.

What The Carers Centre Tower Hamlets does: Carer’s Allowance

Our benefits advice and support service is for you the carer, and the cared for person, looking at the ‘household income’. We support the carer and the cared for person to apply for the benefits they are entitled to.

Carers support advocates can advise you and explain the conditions you need to meet to get this allowance. These are that

  • 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 £123 a week or less (after deductions in April 2019)
  • you satisfy UK presence and residence conditions.

Carer’s support advocates can explain the allowance to you including

  • means-testing (it is not based on your income or savings – but your earnings may affect your entitlement above a certain level)
  • how it is not based on your National Insurance record
  • when it is taxable

You can apply for Carer’s Allowance from the government by following this link.

Further information

Carer’s Allowance Factsheet

More information on Carers Allowance 

First steps

If you haven’t already, please get in touch to

  • register with us at The Carers Centre
  • complete a Carer’s Assessment with us. This establishes your needs as a Carer
  • then if more support is needed we can refer you to Adult Social Care for a Support Plan – a gateway to more help.

How to get in touch and ask for statutory Carer’s Assessment, advice about the assessment, an appointment with a carers support advocate

Call the centre 0207 790 1765
In person: The Carers Centre, 21 Brayford Square, London, E1 0SG

Get in touch

The Carers Centre
21 Brayford Square
London, E1 0SG

020 7790 1765

Opening hours

Monday - Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed

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