Carer's Allowance

4. Make a claim

You will need

Before you apply make sure you have your:

  • National Insurance number (if you have a partner you’ll need theirs too)
  • bank or building society details
  • employment details and latest payslip if you’re working
  • P45 if you’ve recently finished work
  • course details if you’re studying

You also need details of the person you care for. You need their:

  • date of birth and address
  • National Insurance number if they’re 16 or over
  • Disability Living Allowance reference if they’re under 16

You can backdate your claim by up to 3 months.

Other ways to apply

If you can’t apply online, you can apply by post. The address to send your application to is at the end of the form.

Appeal a decision

You can appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal if you disagree with a decision. You must usually ask for ‘mandatory reconsideration’ before you appeal.