Report a change in circumstances
You must report any change in your circumstances if you’re claiming or have applied for Carer’s Allowance.
This includes if you get a job, temporarily stop providing care for someone or stop being a carer altogether.
If you do not report changes straight away or give wrong or incomplete information, you could be paid the wrong amount and have to pay it back. You could also have your Carer’s Allowance stopped, get a fine or be taken to court.
You must tell the Department for Work and Pensions if the person you’re caring for dies.
If you temporarily stop providing care for someone
You can still get Carer’s Allowance if you temporarily stop providing care for someone. This means any period when you spend less than 35 hours a week caring for the other person. For example, you could get Carer’s Allowance for up to:
- 12 weeks if either of you go into respite care or hospital
- 4 weeks if either of you go on holiday