Carer's Allowance

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If you are unable to work full-time because you are caring for someone with a disability or health problem‚ you might be able to claim Carer’s Allowance. If you are under pension age‚ you will also get National Insurance credits each week towards your pension.

Who can claim it?

  • You need to be caring for someone who is receiving the higher or middle rate care component of Disability Living Allowance or any rate of Attendance Allowance. This person could be a family member (like your spouse or a parent) or a friend.
  • You must spend at least 35 hours a week caring for that person. It doesn’t matter if you don’t live with them.
  • You must not be in full-time education.
  • You must earn no more than £100 a week (after the deduction of allowable expenses such as Income Tax).

It may not be paid if you are receiving a State Pension or certain other benefits - however‚ it may be a good idea to apply anyway because you could get extra help with Pension Credit and/or Housing Benefit instead.

Carer’s Allowance can sometimes continue in payment for short periods if the person you care for dies or if you have a break from caring.

Free benefit check

If you, or an older person you know needs advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence. Our advisors can provide a free benefit check to ensure that older people are accessing the benefits they are entitled to. 

Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call the Age NI Advice Service today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.

Age NI Advice Line:
0808 808 7575

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