Carer's Allowance | GOV.UK

What is Carer's Allowance?

This 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.

Am I eligible?

You may be able to claim Carer's Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who gets one of the following benefits:

  • 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

You cannot get Carer's Allowance if you are in full-time education with 21 hours or more a week of supervised study, or if you earn more than £100 a week after certain deductions have been made - for example Income Tax.

How do I claim?

You will need to complete a form which is available to download or request by telephone. You can also apply online.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Carer's Allowance Unit
0800 731 0297 or 0800 731 0317 (textphone) 0800 731 0297 or 0800 731 0317 (textphone)
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Related Links

Contact the Carer's Allowance Unit (GOV.UK)
Carer's Credit for National Insurance (GOV.UK)


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