3. Eligibility

Conditions you must meet

You might get Carer’s Allowance if you:

  • are 16 or over
  • spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
  • are in Great Britain when you claim - there are some exceptions, eg members and family members of the Armed Forces
  • have been in Great Britain for at least 2 of the last 3 years
  • are habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
  • are not subject to immigration control (unless you’re a sponsored immigrant)

There are some exceptions to these conditions if you’re living in another EEA country.

Conditions the person you care for must meet

The person you care for must get 1 of:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • Personal Independence Payment daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance - the middle or highest care rate

Use the benefits adviser to check your eligibility for benefits.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from 8 April 2013 for people aged 16 to 64 with a health condition or disability.

You don’t have to do anything now as a carer unless your circumstances change.


You may not get Carer’s Allowance if you:

  • are in full-time education, and studying for 21 hours a week or more (this includes supervised study and things like coursework and experiments, not just time spent with a tutor)
  • earn more than £100 a week (after tax, National Insurance and allowable expenses, which include care costs while you’re at work and 50% of any payments into a pension)

You may not get Carer’s allowance if you are paid £61.35 or more for:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Industrial Death Benefit
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension
  • training allowance
  • Unemployability Supplement – paid with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or War Pension
  • War Widow’s or Widower’s Pension
  • Widowed Mother’s Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance
  • Widow’s Pension

If you can’t get Carer’s Allowance, Jobcentre Plus will work out if the your benefits can be increased or if you can get other benefits.

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