Carer’s Allowance is a benefit payment administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It can be received if an individual cares for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.
As the cost of living crisis continues to soar, Britons are urged to claim all the benefits they are entitled to as it could be vital in paying for rising bills.
Claimants could get £69.70 a week, however carer’s risk losing access to this benefit if they fail to update the DWP regarding any life changes which could affect their claim.
There are multiple scenarios which the Government department believes must be reported for someone to continue receiving their full £69.70 a week.
Changes that need to be reported include:
- Starting a job
- Starting or ending full-time education
- Changes to your income
- Stopping being a carer
- The person you care for no longer getting their disability benefit
- Someone else who cares for the same person claiming Carer’s Allowance instead of you
- Someone else who cares for the same person claims the carer’s element of Universal Credit
- Changes to their immigration status, if they’re not a British citizen.
Claimants must also tell the DWP if the person they are caring for dies.
Failure to report these changes could find individuals taken to court.
Alternatively they have to pay a penalty if they give the wrong information.
Britons can still get Carer’s Allowance if they temporarily stop providing care.
Who is eligible for Carer’s Allowance?
People may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if the person they care for and the type of care they provide meets certain criteria.
The person you care for must already get one of these benefits:
- Personal Independence Payment – daily living component Disability Living Allowance – the middle or highest care rate
- Attendance Allowance Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Child Disability Payment – the middle or highest care rate Adult Disability Payment – daily living component.
The type of care needed includes helping with washing and cooking, taking the person being cared for to a doctor’s appointment or helping with household tasks, such as managing bills and shopping.
Additionally earnings should be £132 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses.
Earnings are any income from employment and self-employment after tax, National Insurance and expenses.
Expenses can include:
- 50 percent of one’s pension contributions
- Equipment you need to do your job, for example specialist clothing
- Travel costs between different workplaces that are not paid for by your employer, for example fuel or train fares
- Business costs if you’re self-employed, for example a computer you only use for work.
Carer’s Allowance can affect other benefits.
For example, people cannot get the full amount of both Carer’s Allowance and their state pension at the same time.
If the pension is £69.70 a week or more, people will not get a Carer’s Allowance payment. If the pension is less than £69.70 a week, people will get a Carer’s Allowance payment to make up the difference.