What is Carer's Allowance?
Carer's Allowance is an allowance that carers who care for someone at least 35 hours a week can claim. The person you're caring for does not have to be related to you or live with you. The allowance is also not means-tested, so it is not based on how much yours or your household's income, but is capped depending on how you earn.
In 2019, the Carer's Allowance rate is £66.15 which can be paid into your bank account in advance or every four weeks. This amount is reviewed in April each year and could change.
Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland)
Carers living in Scotland are also entitled to the Carer's Allowance Supplement which was brought in in 2018 to meet the governments commitment to increase the allowance to the level of Job Seekers Allowance. This is a lump sum which is paid twice a year to those who are in receipt of Carer's Allowance. In 2019/2020 the amount of the supplement is two payments of £226.20.
Getting advice and support
There is a range of organisations who provide advice and support about Carer's Allowance. You might want to take a look at:
- Carer's UK Carer's Allowance Factsheet
- Age UK's website
- Citizen's Advice website
- NHS support & benefits for carers guide
- Social Security Scotland information on the Carer's Allowance Supplement
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