A question we get asked a lot is whether, as an unpaid carer, you’re able to apply or register for our carers card if you’re also claiming Carer’s Allowance.
The simple answer to this is yes. However, let’s talk a little more about Carer’s Allowance because there maybe some of you that are unsure what it is and whether you can get it.
Ok, let’s start with some basics. To make it easy we’ve divided what Carer’s Allowance is in 5 easily digestible areas.
Carer's Allowance is a government benefit in the United Kingdom designed to support individuals who provide regular care and assistance to someone with a disability or a severe illness. It is aimed at helping unpaid caregivers with the additional costs and financial burdens that arise from their caregiving responsibilities.
To qualify for Carer's Allowance, certain eligibility criteria must be met. The caregiver must be at least 16 years old, spend at least 35 hours per week caring for a disabled person, and not earn more than a specified threshold. You can find out exactly how much a week by visiting the Government website (https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance). It’s also possible that the person you support of care for can get specific disability benefits such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Carer's Allowance is a non-means-tested benefit. What’s this means is that it’s not based on your, as the car giver, income or savings. You’ll receive a specified amount each week which is paid directly into your bank account. It’s important to note that this can have an impact on other means-tested benefits that you or the person you care for might receive.
In addition to Carer's Allowance, unpaid carers may also be eligible for other forms of financial support. For example, if they are already receiving certain income-related benefits, they may be entitled to a Carer's Premium, which provides extra financial assistance. Furthermore, carers might be eligible for additional support through local authorities, such as respite care services, counselling, or training opportunities. It’s worth doing some additional research as you may be entitled to even more.
Unfortunately, you won’t be informed whether you’re eligible for Carer’s Allowance without applying for it first. To apply for Carer's Allowance, you can complete an application online or request a paper application form. You can start your application here:
Alternatively, you can seek assistance using the contact details below
Telephone: 0800 731 0297
Textphone: 0800 731 0317
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0297
British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service if you’re on a computer - find out how to use the service on mobile or tablet
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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Carers Allowance Unit
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The application requires details about the caregiver's personal information, the person they care for, and relevant financial information. It is advisable to gather necessary documents, such as National Insurance number, bank details, and relevant benefit award letters, before starting the application process.
Need to know more? It's always a good idea to consult official government sources or relevant agencies for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding Carer's Allowance in the UK.
I you are an unpaid carer living in the UK then we think you should seriously consider applying for Carer's Allowance and here are several reasons why.
Carer's Allowance provides a weekly payment that can help alleviate some of the financial burdens that come with caregiving. It can assist with covering additional costs such as transportation, specialised equipment, or other expenses related to providing care.
At CarersCardUK we’re all about recognising unpaid carers and the work they do. This is why we always suggest applying for Carer's Allowance as it acknowledges the significant role carers plat and their dedication. It recognises the value of their caregiving contributions and provides a sense of validation for the work they do.
Receiving Carer's Allowance can also open doors to other means-tested benefits, such as an increase in means-tested benefits for the person being cared for or additional financial assistance through the Carer's Premium. It's important to check the specific eligibility criteria and potential impact on other benefits before applying.
Carer's Allowance is considered a qualifying benefit. What this means is that it can contribute to a caregiver's National Insurance record. This can have a positive impact on their entitlement to the State Pension and other social security benefits in the future.
Applying for Carer's Allowance may lead to access to additional support services, respite care options, counselling, or training opportunities through local authorities or charitable organisations. These resources can help carers maintain their well-being and develop necessary skills for their caregiving role.
As mentioned before, it's always important to note that eligibility criteria, payment rates, and benefits can change over time. We recommend that you consult Government sources or relevant agencies for the most up-to-date information before applying for Carer's Allowance.
We’ve compiled a list of the top ten most commonly asked questions we get about Carer’s Allowance.
Of all the questions we get asked, the question as to whether carers can still apply for our carers card while claiming Carer’s Allowance is probably the most asked of all. The answer to this question is simple – YES. All we‘re focused on is supporting you as a carer. Carer’s Allowance is only assisting you in your role as a carer. You are not being paid to care in a professional capacity and therefore you are certainly eligible for our carer card!
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