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Carers Allowance

If you care for someone for 35 hours or more a week, you could be entitled to Carer's Allowance. Currently Carer's Allowance is £64.60 a week.

To qualify for Carer's Allowance:

  • you must be 16 years old or over
  • you must look after someone for 35 hours or more a week
  • the person you look after should receive certain benefits
  • you must earn no more than £120 a week after tax and expenses. Expenses can include some of your pension contributions, and some of the costs of caring while you are at work. 

Carer's Allowance can be claimed online, or you can get in touch with the Carer's Allowance Unit on 0345 608 4321.

If you qualify for Carers Allowance, this doesnt make you a paid carer.