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Home Responsibilities: what was HRP and who qualified for it: claiming HRP

Additional Pension and Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/1323)

Automatic Awards of HRP

HRP was awarded automatically to persons who were awarded Child Benefit or who received Income Support throughout a tax year while they were caring for a person with a disability or long term illness.

If a person awarded Child Benefit has reason to believe that HRP is missing from their National Insurance account (because for example they did not supply their National Insurance Number to the Child Benefit Office) they will need to make an application to HRP using form CF411.

Other full time carers (those who was regularly engaged in caring, for at least 35 hours per week, for a person to whom prescribed benefits were payable for at least 48 weeks of the relevant tax year) are required to make a claim on form CF411, providing evidence of their entitlement.

The Additional Pension and Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/1323) amended the 1994 regulations to set a time limit for applications from full-time carers. The time limits are set out below:

  • up to 5 April 2002 applications for HRP could be made any time up to State Pension age for tax years from 6 April 1978 to 5 April 2002.
  • applications for HRP made for tax years from 6 April 2002 - 5 April 2010 must be made within 3 years immediately following the end of the tax year in which entitlement arose. Applications can be made until 5 April 2013 for the tax year 6 April 2009 - 5 April 2010

Applications on or after 6 April 2010

Applications made for tax years on or after 6 April 2010 will be subject to the new provisions for Contributions Credits for Parents and Carers (see NIM41250 onwards).

Foster carers may only apply for HRP for tax years between 6 April 2003 and 5 April 2010.