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?

Carers Allowance is a benefit you may be able to get if you look after someone with epilepsy who has substantial care needs. 

What will I get?

Carer’s Allowance is currently £67.60 a week. This amount was correct in April 2021.

Carer’s Allowance is taxable and it can affect your other benefits and the benefits of the person you are caring for. It may also make it possible for you to claim some other benefits.

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

Can I claim Carers 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 £128 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

Claiming Carer’s Allowance during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)

You can claim Carer’s Allowance if you provide care remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes giving emotional support over the phone or online.

How do I claim?

In England, Scotland or Wales: Apply online or call 0800 731 0297. You can also download a claim form from the government website.

In Northern Ireland: Apply online or call 0800 587 0912. You can also download a claim form from the NI Direct website.

Carer's Credit

If you’re not eligible for Carer’s Allowance you may still be able to get Carer’s Credit. This is a National Insurance credit. You have to be looking after someone for at least 20 hours a week to be entitled to it. 

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

If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Action freephone Helpline on 0808 800 5050.


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

  • Updated April 2021
    To be reviewed April 2022

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