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Carer's Allowance information

Carer's Allowance is the benefit you are entitled to if you care for someone.

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Can I claim carer's allowance?

You might not think of yourself as a carer because you have looked after someone for a long time or the help you give your spouse or parent is simply what you feel you should be doing. But you could be missing out on income to help you in your caring role.

To get the benefit, you need to be over 16 and spend more than 35 hours a week with the person you care for. However, you don't need to live with them or be related to them.

How much can I claim for being a carer?

Carer’s Allowance is worth £62.10 a week. To qualify for Carer's Allowance, you can't be earning over £110 a week or be in education for more than 21 hours a week. The person you are caring for needs to be in receipt of DLA/PIP or Attendance Allowance.

Help to apply for Carer's Allowance

If you apply for Carer's Allowance, other benefits you receive may be affected so we can work with you and your family to look at all the help that's available to you. We'll help you get a carer's assessment, access support from your local authority and apply for benefits.

If you live in Cambridgeshire or Suffolk, our friendly team of advisers can visit you or arrange an appointment with you at our centre to help you fill out the forms you need to complete. Please contact us for free advice about Carer's Allowance and to arrange help to fill in the forms.

Disability advice

We can help you with disability benefit related enquiries for children and under-19s. Contact us on 0800 952 5000 or email iag@papworthtrust.org.uk.