If you are caring for someone who is ill, elderly or with disability 35 hours or more per week, you may be eligible for a weekly allowance of £66.15, plus benefits.
There are a few considerations that go along with this arrangement.
It is necessary that the care you are giving as a benefit is relevant to the nature of disability of the person you are caring for. This person may not necessarily be related to you nor do you have to be living together. Anyone else under your care other than the person you’re allowed the allowance will not be covered.
Carer’s Allowance does have an influence on your other benefits, as it does for the person in your care. If this allowance increases your overall income beyond the Personal Allowance limit, it will be included in your yearly tax.
You are paid every four weeks or opt to be paid a week in advance. You have the choice whichever account your allowance goes in for direct deposit such as whether its savings or checking account.
On top of your carer allowance, you are given the opportunity to apply for your local council support and a Council Tax Reduction. If you’ve got a low income or just out of work, you may also apply for Universal Credit and Income Support. If you are not able to work because of some medical condition or disability, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance might be open to you. And if you’re over working age, Pension Credit is available too.
Anyone living in Scotland and is getting Carer’s Allowance may also get the Carer’s Allowance Supplement.
You’re a carer if you are helping some who needs care with washing, dressing or taking medicine, getting out of doors and going to the doctor’s appointment, shopping, cleaning and laundry, paying bills or organizing finances. Your service include giving emotional support such as keeping someone company or just watching over someone if they can’t be left alone.
In order to benefit from this program, the person you’re caring for must also have one of the following benefits: Personal Independence Payment for daily living needs, a Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest care rate, an Attendance Allowance, a Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the maximum rate based on the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, a Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic full day rate along with a War Disablement Pension and the Armed Forces Independence Payment.
As a carer, you need to be 16 years old or older. You need to have spent 35 hours a week caring for someone. You need to be in England, Scotland or Wales at least two of the last three years. (It doesn’t work if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status.) You live in these three regions or abroad as a member of the armed forces. You’re not in education full time nor studying for 21 hours a week or more. You’re not subject to immigration control. And your income is less than £123 per week after tax, national insurance and other expenses.
If you find it relevant to know more about Carers Allowance contact Carers Direct free helpline at 0300-123-1053 or you may find out more at Carers UK or Carers Trust.