There are a range of benefits, tax credits and other financial support that you may be entitled to as a carer. The main benefit is called Carer's Allowance. It is 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 also must be aged 16 or over and caring for someone at least 35 hours a week.
To check the full set of criteria and whether you would qualify for Carer's Allowance, visit the DirectGov website.
The Carers Trust website also has helpful information about who can claim this benefit.
There are other forms of financial support available for carers which can enhance existing benefits or credits and provide additional support.
Some of these include:
- Carer's Credits
- Income Support
- Tax Credits
Details about all of these and how to apply, are on the DirectGov website
If you want further advice about caring, please speak to a member of our staff who will be happy to advise you about the support that is available