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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.

To get started, ask your local council for a carer's assessment.

Find out more about the carer's assessment

What benefits can I claim?

Carer's Allowance is the main welfare benefit to help carers, worth £67.70 per week (this figure is usually reviewed each April). You may be eligible if:

  • you must spend at least 35 hours per week caring for someone, whether or not you live with them
  • the person you look after receives certain benefits
  • you're not in full-time education or earning more than £128 a week (after tax and expenses)

Find out more about Carer's Allowance

What could you claim?

Find out what you could be owed with our personalised benefits calculator. It's quick and easy.

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 give up work to care for someone, you might be worried that not paying National Insurance (NI) will lower your State Pension. But if you care for someone for at least 20 hours per week, you could get Carer's Credit, which helps to maintain your NI record.

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: Oct 21 2021

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