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Benefits for Carers

Carers Allowance

Carer's Allowance is paid to people who look after someone with substantial caring needs. You do not have to be related to, or live with the person you care for and you may qualify if:

  • you are aged 16 or over
  • you spend at least 35 hours looking after someone who gets Attendance Allowance or the middle or higher rate of Disability Living Allowance

You can find more information about Carers Allowance including how eligibility and how to apply on the gov.uk Website

Find out more about Carers Allowance here 

Alternatively, you can contact the Carer’s allowance unit via –

  • telephone: 0800 731 0297
  • textphone: 0800 731 0317
  • NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0297

Carers Credit

Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. Your State Pension is based on your National Insurance record. To qualify for Carer's Credit you must be looking after one or more people for a total of at least 20 hours per week.

Each person you care for must get one of the following:

  • Disability Living Allowance care component at the middle or highest rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment - daily living component, at the standard or enhanced rate
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

You can find more information about Carers Credit including eligibility and how to claim on the GOV.UK website

Find out more about Carer's Credit here

Alternatively, you can contact the Carer’s allowance unit via –

  • telephone: 0800 731 0297
  • textphone: 0800 731 0317
  • NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0297

Further Support

If you feel you need more support to help you claim for either the Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Credit, then you can make an appointment with the Carers Information Support Service They can also provide you with more specific information around what other concessions or benefits you maybe able to claim.

Find out more about Carers Information Support Service here

Benefits for the person you care for

Our Money section has lots information on the different types of benefits that the person you care for can maybe eligible to claim.

Access our money section here

Concessions

Many establishments such as cinemas, museums and tourist attractions offer free or reduced entry fees if you are attending with the person you care for. Visit the individual organisation’s website or contact them by email or telephone to find if they offer any special rates for carers.

If you a travelling with the person you care for on public transport, you will be able to travel for free or at a reduced rate.

Visit out transport section to find out more

Last reviewed: 08/11/2018