Carer's Allowance

4. Make a claim

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.

If you disagree with a decision

You can challenge a decision about your claim. This is called asking for mandatory reconsideration.