What is Carer’s Allowance?

Carer’s Allowance is money paid by the government to individuals who care for someone who is disabled.

It is payable if you are over 16 years old and you spend 35 hours a week or more directly caring for another person. This person must be receiving Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance (at the middle or higher rate). They may be your partner or a relative, but they do not have to be.

The standard rate of Carer’s Allowance is £55.55 per week. You cannot receive Carer’s Allowance if you are in full-time education, or if you are employed and earn over £100 per week. If you receive certain other benefits, including the state pension, the rate of Carer’s Allowance will be reduced.

Carer’s Allowance counts as taxable income.