4. How to claim

Before you start

You don’t need to apply for Carer’s Credit if you:

  • get Carer’s Allowance - you’ll automatically get credits
  • get Child Benefit for a child under the age of 12 - you’ll automatically get credits
  • are a foster carer - you can apply for National Insurance credits instead

Carer’s Credit form

Download the Carer’s Credit claim form.

You can also get the form by contacting the Carer’s Allowance Unit (below).

The form includes a Care Certificate - ask a health or social care professional to sign it for you.

Where to send your form

Carer’s Credit
Palatine House
Lancaster Road
Preston
PR1 1HB

Carer’s Allowance Unit
cau.customer-services@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0845 608 4321
Textphone: 0845 604 5312
Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 5pm
Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
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