The main state benefit that carers can apply for is Carers Allowance - this is the only benefit specifically for carers, however not all carers will qualify for this benefit.
You don’t have to be living with the person you care for or related to them but there are some conditions attached to this benefit, including:
At the moment Carers Allowance is £62.10 a week. However before making a claim, always check with the person you are caring for as your claim may affect any means tested benefits they are receiving.
For more information on Carers Allowance and to find out if you may be entitled to this please contact email@example.com or call them on 01738 476900.
Please note: the Carers Allowance DS700 forms and notes have been updated with new versions. Please ensure you are using the correct forms when making a claim if you are unable to complete the form online. The link below will take you to the correct forms.
Please note, that Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people with a long-term health condition or disability aged 16 to 64.
PIP is a benefit that can be paid to anyone who has a long-term health condition or disability and if they have difficulties with mobility and/or ‘daily living’ activities. However they must meet the following criteria:
For more information about PIP see http://www.pkc.gov.uk/pip
DLA is an allowance for children if they have a disability or health condition which requires them to have more care or mobility needs than another child their age. This is providing that the child is:
For more information about DLA please see http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/8926/Disability-Living-Allowance-for-children
AA is a benefit for a person with a disability who are 65 years or above to help with personal care because you are physically or mentally disabled. You could get £55.10 or £82.30 a week. It is paid at two different rates depending on the level of care that you need because of your disability.
It is for people who:
For more information about Attendance Allowance please see http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/4088/Attendance-Allowance
PIP and AA may still be payable if the person in question is employed. In addition, they are not counted as income for the purposes of calculating means-tested benefits.
A working age person receiving DLA or PIP may also be entitled to claim means-tested benefits such as Employment & Support Allowance if they are also unable to work due to an illness or disability.
Many carers don't realise that they are missing out on a National Insurance credit. Each year's credit could boost their State Pension by £230 a year once they reach State Pension age. Please view the short video below for more information or visit www.gov.uk/carers-credit
For further information and advice on any of the above benefits please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 01738 476900.
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