The main benefit available to carers is Carer’s Allowance. It’s a state benefit which provides a weekly payment to support you in your caring role. The allowance is for people who care for someone with a severe disability. You can’t be in full time education or earn over a certain amount of money to claim the benefit. You must also be:
There are some other criteria that also apply. You can check to see if you would qualify on the Directgovwebsite. The PrincessRoyal Trust for Carers also has helpful information on who can claim the benefit.
To make a claim for Carer’s Allowance, you can either complete a paper form (form DS700 or DS700(SP) if you’re on a state retirement pension) or make an online claim via the Directgov website.
If you’re encountering any problems completing forms either online or on paper, you can call the Benefit EnquiryLine on 0800 882 200 – it’s open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-6.30pm.
Other forms of financial support
There are also other forms of financial support available to carers, which can enhance existing benefits or credits and provide additional support. Some of those include:
You can find out more about what you’re entitled to on the Directgov website.