Your guide to care and support

Benefits for carers

You might not think of yourself a carer. But you probably are if you're looking after someone regularly because they’re ill or disabled – including your spouse or a family member.

As a carer, you may be entitled to one or more state benefits to help you with the costs.

Carer's Allowance

What it is: Carer's Allowance is the main state benefit for carers. It's £64.60 a week.

You can get it if: you look after someone for more than 35 hours a week.

You can't get it if: you get more than £64.60 a week from certain other benefits. However, it's still worth applying as you may have what's called an 'underlying entitlement' to Carer's Allowance. This can help to increase other benefits you're getting.

GOV.UK has more information about how to claim Carer's Allowance.

Carer's Credit

What it is: A National Insurance (NI) contribution to help make sure you don't lose out on some social security benefits, such as the State Pension, because of gaps in your NI record.

You can get it if: you're under State Pension age and you look after someone for more than 20 hours a week.

You can't get it if: you also get Carer's Allowance.

How to claim Carer's Credit on GOV.UK.

Carer's Premium

What it is: An allowance that you get on top of some benefits.

You can get it if: you already get a benefit such as income support or housing benefit.

How to claim Carer Premium: Ask about it at your local Jobcentre Plus or Jobs and Benefits Office.

Disability Living Allowance for Children

What it is: between £22.65 and £145.35 a week.

You can get it if: you're the parent carer of a disabled child.

How to claim Disability Living Allowance for Children on GOV.UK

Check what benefits you can get

Check if you're entitled to Carer's Allowance and other benefits with the entitledto benefits calculator.

Use this benefits calculator

Get a carer's assessment

As a carer, you may be eligible for support from your local council. Before you receive any help from your local council, you need to have a carer's assessment.

Contact your local social services to find out how to get a carer's assessment.

Get help and advice

Get an expert benefits advice plus help filling in claim forms, from:

How to challenge a benefit decision

If you were receiving Carer's Allowance or any other carer's benefit and the payment has been stopped or you've made a claim for Carer's Allowance or any other carer's benefit and been refused, you can challenge the decision.

Find out how to challenge a benefit decision.

Page last reviewed: 19/01/2018
Next review due: 19/01/2021