Carer’s Allowance is currently paid at £67.60 a week (April 2021-22). It’s not based on your income and capital (or any partner’s). However, there is a cap on how much you can earn from work and still be entitled to Carer’s Allowance.
Carer’s Allowance is a non means-tested but taxable benefit, payable to someone who cares for someone for at least 35 hours a week. The person being cared for must be in receipt of a disability benefit. You cannot receive Carers Allowance if you work and earn more than £128 a week (after tax and expenses) or are in full-time education for 21 hours or more. You can find out all about Carer’s Allowance, including how to claim, here:
Please note: in some cases if someone claims Carer’s Allowance it can have an effect on the benefits being paid to the person you care for.
For an application pack you can either apply online using the link above or contact 0800 731 0297.
If you are caring for someone who has a physical disability (which affects their day to day activities) or dementia, Signpost may be able to help you complete the application form. Please phone us on 0161 442 0442 to find out more.