How to claim carer's benefits in the UK

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How to claim carer's benefits in the UK
Carer's benefits can ease the financial burden of caring for a loved one (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The UK government offers benefits to financially assist people caring for others with substantial caring needs. The primary benefit is a carer’s allowance of £58.45 per week (gov.uk, January 2013). Carer’s benefits can also affect your other benefits such as the Housing, Council Tax, Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance, and Pension Credit Benefits.

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    Eligibility

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    In order to be eligible for Carer's Benefits you must be over 16 years of age and care for the person for a minimum of 35 hours per week. In addition you may not be a full-time student or have an income exceeding £100 per week after tax. It is not necessary to be related to or living with the person you are caring for.

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    The person under your care must have been accepted for one of four benefits: Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or the Constant Attendance Allowance with Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit or War Disablement Pension.

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    Exact information on eligibility is available on the UK government website “Carer’s Allowance" page (gov.uk/carers-allowance).

    How to claim

  1. 1

    If you live in England, Wales or Scotland it is possible to apply directly online at www.directgov.gov.uk/carers or by calling 08456084321 during office hours.

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    For residents of Northern Ireland it is possible to download an application form from www.nidirect.gov.uk. You can also call 0800220674. A text phone option is available at 0800243787.

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    You can also visit your local Benefits Office where you will need to complete the DS700 application form.

Tips and warnings

  • You will need to know your National Insurance Number in order to apply. If you do not have a National Insurance Number it is first necessary to apply for one.
  • It is possible to claim benefits for up to 3 months preceding your application should the person have been in your care for part or all of that period.

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