Should an unpaid carer provide care for a person who gets certain benefits for at least 35 hours per week, it may be they can claim Carer’s Allowance. At this moment in time the weekly rate is £67.25.
It’s possible to claim this payment even if the carer doesn’t live with, or isn’t related to, the person they care for.
They can’t, however, get paid extra if they care for more than one person.
Furthermore, should two people care for the same person, they should note only one of them can claim Carer’s Allowance.
Before claiming, it’s crucial to be aware Carer’s Allowance can affect other benefits both the unpaid carer and the person being cared for get.
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Furthermore, it may be tax needs to be paid on it, should one’s income be over the Personal Allowance.
For each week Carer’s Allowance is received, the unpaid carer will automatically get National Insurance credits.
These credits can count towards state pension entitlement.
Additionally, it may be that by claiming the benefit, it unlocks access to other forms of financial support.
GOV.UK states: “You may also be able to apply for:
- Support from your local council
- A Council Tax Reduction
- Universal Credit if you’re on a low income or out of work
- Pension Credit if you’re over working age
- Grants and bursaries to help pay for courses and training
- Income Support (if you get the severe disability premium and you’re on a low income)
- Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (if you get the severe disability premium and you cannot work)
“If you live in Scotland and get Carer’s Allowance, you may also get Carer’s Allowance Supplement.”
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted major lifestyle shifts, with different lockdown restrictions now in place across the UK.
Amid the pandemic, the rules in terms of claiming Carer’s Allowance have been eased.
“You can claim Carer’s Allowance if you provide care remotely during the coronavirus outbreak,” states the government.
“This includes giving emotional support over the phone or online.”
Measures to support unpaid carers during the covid crisis were extended for a further six months last month, on November 11.
The DWP confirmed it meant unpaid carers would remain being able to claim Carer’s Allowance if they have a temporary break in caring, because either they or the person they care for has coronavirus, or if either have to isolate because of it.
Proving emotional support will continue to count towards the Carer’s Allowance threshold of 35 hours of care per week, the DWP added.
Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson MP said: “Unpaid carers are the unsung heroes in our society, providing vital support to family members and friends.
“We recognise the extra challenges unpaid carers are facing during the pandemic, and their safety remains a priority.
“That’s why we are extending measures to help unpaid carers provide the vital support to those who rely on it as we continue to deal with the pandemic.”