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Carer's Allowance

These pages are about benefits in the UK. If you are looking for information about benefits in another country, please contact your local epilepsy organisation

What is Carer's Allowance?

If you look after someone with epilepsy who has substantial care needs, you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance. Carer’s Allowance is taxable and it can affect your other benefits.

What will I get?

Carer’s Allowance is currently £66.15 a week.

This amount was correct in April 2019

Information on Carer’s Allowance in England, Scotland andWales
Information on Carer’s Allowance in Northern Ireland  

Can I claim Carer’s Allowance?

In England, Scotland and Wales you may be able to claim Carer’s Allowance if:

  • You are 16 or over and
  • You spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who is disabled and
  • You are not in full time education or studying for 21 hours a week or more and
  • You don’t earn more than £123 a week (after taxes and some expenses)

The person you are caring for must already get one of these benefits:

  • Personal Independence Payment – daily living component or
  • Disability Living Allowance – the middle or highest care rate or
  • Attendance Allowance or
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment or
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at a certain rate

The rules are different in Northern Ireland.

How do I claim?

In England, Scotland or Wales: Apply online or call 0800 731 0297.

In Northern Ireland: Call the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 22 06 74 and ask them to send you a claim form, or download a claim form from the NI Direct website. Alternatively, contact the Disability and Carers Service on 0800 587 0912. They will be able to send you a form.

If you’re not eligible for Carer’s Allowance you may be able to get Carer’s Credit.

Epilepsy Action has a list of useful organisations for support with benefits.

Event Date: 
Friday 11 December 2015

This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.

  • Updated April 2019
    To be reviewed April 2020

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