In 2021–22, Carer’s Allowance is £67.60 a week
You might be able to claim it if you:
- spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
- are aged 16 or over
- aren’t in full-time education or studying for 21 hours a week or more
- earn £128 (2021–2022) a week or less (after tax, National Insurance and expenses).
That’s £6,656 a year.
The person you’re caring for must also be getting a benefit because of their illness or disability. For example:
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance (the middle or higher rate of the care component)
- Personal Independence Payment (either rate of the daily living component)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment.
Carer’s Allowance is taxable. But you’ll only have to pay tax if you have other sources of taxable income. For example, occupational or personal pensions or part-time earnings. And if this combined income takes you over the threshold for paying tax – £12,570 a year in 2021–2022). Carer’s Allowance on its own is currently below this threshold.
How does Carer's Allowance affect other benefits?
Carer’s Allowance can also affect other benefits you might be already getting – so you might be paid less in another benefit.
It will count as income if you’re getting Universal Credit. But you might also qualify for extra Universal Credit because you’re a carer.
It can also affect the benefits of the person you’re caring for. For example, if they’re getting Severe Disability Premium – this might stop if you claim Carer’s Allowance.