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Financial support for carers

Caring for someone can lead to money worries, especially if your caring role means you have to give up work. There could be financial support available to help you.

Can I get help from my local council?

If you have a carer’s assessment from your local council, they may find that you are eligible for a carer’s personal budget, to help you with your caring role.

Your first step is to get a carer's assessment so your local authority can assess what support you need.

About the carer's assessment

What benefits can I claim?

Carer's Allowance is the main welfare benefit to help carers; it could give you an extra £66.15 per week (for April 2019-20).

To be eligible you must spend at least 35 hours per week caring for a disabled person.

About Carer's Allowance

What could you claim?

Find out what you could be owed - quickly and easily - with our personalised benefits calculator.

Benefits for the person you care for

The person you care for may be eligible for Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, depending on their age.

How can I protect my State Pension?

If you care for someone at least 20 hours per week, you could get Carer’s Credit. This helps to maintain your National Insurance record – which goes towards your State Pension.

You will get Carer’s Credit automatically if you get Carer’s Allowance, although you don’t have to be receiving Carer’s Allowance to get it.

Find out more on GOV.UK

We're here to help

We offer support through our free advice line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also have specialist advisers at over 140 local Age UKs.

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Last updated: Jun 08 2020

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