1. How it works

You could get £62.10 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.

You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.

You won’t be paid extra if you care for more than one person.

Carer’s Allowance can affect the other benefits that you and the person you care for get. You have to pay tax on it if your income is over the Personal Allowance.

How you’re paid

You can choose to be paid:

  • weekly in advance
  • every 4 weeks
  • every 13 weeks

It will be paid into an account, eg your bank account.

What else you can get

For each week you get Carer’s Allowance you’ll automatically get National Insurance credits.

You may also be able to apply for support from your local council and a Council Tax Reduction.