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 (unless you get your State Pension)
  • 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.

The online service is currently unavailable. Apply by post or call the Carer’s Allowance Unit.

If you disagree with a decision

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