Financial support for carers
There is a range of benefits, tax credits and other financial support that you may be able to receive as a carer.
The Direct Gov web page Guide to financial support for carers explains the support that is available and includes information on the following
Carer's Allowance is paid to people who look after someone who is disabled. You do not have to be related to, or live with the person you care for and you may qualify if
- you are aged 16 or over
- you spend at least 35 hours looking after someone who gets Attendance Allowance or the middle or higher rate of Disability Living Allowance
For more information see the Carer's Allowance Unit on the Direct Gov web site.
This is a National Insurance credit which helps carers build up qualifying years for the basic State Pension and additional State Pension. To qualify for Carer's Credit you must care for one or more disabled people for a total of 20 hours or more per week.
Each person you care for must receive
- DLA care component at the middle or highest rate
- Attendance allowance at any rate
- Constant Attendance allowance at any rate
For more information see the Carers Credit web pages on the Direct Gov web site
Carer’s Direct Payments
Direct payments for carers are a cash payment given directly to the carer by Adult Services. This will enable you, as the carer, to buy in services that have been identified as being needed through your carer’s assessment and should give you more choice, control and flexibility over your life.
A carer’s direct payment is not for services for the person you are caring for but for your own social, educational, training, recreational needs or wellbeing.