If you take care of someone full time, as in 35 hours a week or more, you could get up to 64.6 pounds every week, as long as the person you are caring for gets certain benefits as well. In order to get a Carer’s Allowance, you do not have to be related to the person you care for, nor do you have to live with them. However, you do not get any extra benefits paid to your account if you care for multiple people. If you get any other benefits, a Carer’s Allowance could affect those benefits that you get and could affect the benefits of the person who you care for. If you apply for the Carer’s Allowance you will have to pay a tax on it if your personal income is over the personal allowance.
In order for you to be eligible to receive a Carer’s Allowance, you must already have applied for and be receiving other benefits such as the Personal Independence Payment, the Disability Living Allowance, the Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance at the normal rate or the basic full day rate, or the Armed Forces Independence Payment. Aside from these requirements, you must also only earn 120 pounds or less after you have your taxes and expenses taken out; expenses can count as 50% of pension contributions, and expenses that come from caring for your kids or disabled people that occur while you are working. The other requirements are that you have to be at least 16 years old or older, spend 35 hours a week or more caring for a person, live in England, Scotland, or Wales, not be receiving an education full-time, and not have any immigration control issues. If you do not meet all of these requirements and are un-eligible for Carer’s Allowance, you can still apply for and possibly get carer’s credit instead.
When you start receiving Carer’s Allowance, the person you are taking care of will stop getting certain benefits such as severe disability premiums. extra money for disability to go along with pension credit, and they will receive a reduced council tax. As far as your personal benefits go, they can be affected as well. If you get Carer’s Allowance, your number of benefits might be reduced, but the total benefit payments will either go up or stay the same as always. however, this allowance does not count towards our total benefit cap. If you need more information as to which of your benefits will be affected or the benefits of the person you care for, you can visit the website at https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance, or call the Carers Allowance helpline for immediate assistance.
When you are getting ready to make a claim to get the allowance, you need to have several things in order before you apply. You need to have your national insurance number (and your partner’s if you have one), your bank or building society details, employment details or paystub, those who just stopped working need their P45, any course details if you are getting a part-time education, and the details of all of your expenses. At the time of your application, you will also need the birthday and address of the person you care for, their national insurance number if they are older than 16, and the disability living allowance if they are younger than 16.