Carer’s Allowance is due to increase by 3.1 percent in April, offering unpaid carers £69.70 per week instead of the current £67.60 rate. However, almost half a million unpaid carers are not claiming the Carer’s Allowance they are due alongside missing out on a range of other benefits they are fully entitled to.
Offering over £3,500 per year for unpaid carers, almost half a million are missing out on this benefit as well as a range of other freebies and add ons they are rightfully entitled to.
In April this year, Carer’s Allowance, along with a range of other DWP benefits, will increase in line with the Consumer Price Index inflation rate measured in September last year.
This increase will put an extra £2 into the pockets of carers across the country every week.
Additionally, the Carer’s Allowance earnings limit will rise by £4 to £132 per week, meaning that unpaid carers doing part-time work can earn £4 more every week before affecting their benefits payments.
Successful claiming Carer’s Allowance can also see Britons being eligible for the following:
- Local council support
- Council Tax Reduction
- Universal Credit
- Pension Credit
- Grants and bursaries
- Income Support
- Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance Supplement.
The person being cared for must claim one of these benefits:
- Disability Living Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Child Disability Payment
Carers themselves should provide at least 35 hours of care per week and meet all of the following criteria:
- Aged 16 and over
- Lived in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years
- Normally live in England, Scotland or Wales
- Not be in full-time education or studying for 21 hours a week or more
- Not be subject to immigration control
- Have weekly earnings below the earnings threshold.