4. How to claim

You can apply for Carer’s Allowance:

You can also get a printed form by contacting the Carer’s Allowance Unit.

What you need to know

It can take 4 to 6 weeks to process your claim.

Only 1 of you can get Carer’s Allowance, if there is more than 1 carer looking after the same person.

You can get your Carer’s Allowance backdated for up to 3 months if you were entitled to it before claiming.

Appeal a decision

You can appeal against the decision about your Carer’s Allowance if you’re unhappy with it.

Check the date on your decision letter. There are different ways to appeal if your decision was made:

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