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Benefits - carers: Outline

 

Carer's Allowance is a taxable benefit to help people who look after someone who is disabled. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person that you care for.

Who can get Carer's Allowance?

You may be able to get Carer's Allowance if you are aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a person who gets either:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate for personal care
  • 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

How much do you get?

The weekly rate is £53.10. This is reduced by the amount of certain other benefits, including State Pension, that you receive. If you receive certain other benefits at £53.10 or more a week, Carer's Allowance cannot be paid to you as well.

You may have to pay tax on the amount you receive.

You may be able to get an additional amount for your husband, wife or civil partner or someone living with you who looks after your dependent children.


Further Information can be found on the Directgov website's carers allowance section.

Contact: Benefits Department

Telephone: 01706 217777

Benefits Department, PO Box 104, Futures Park, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 3BU

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