Updated 17th April 2017
Carers Allowance benefit helps people who look after a disabled person. The disability can either be of a physical or mental nature. You do not need to be related to the person - as long as you do the caring..
Your local Benefits Office will have full details of what can and cannot be claimed, together with assessing your eligibility to receive the allowance. The current rate for Carers Allowance is £62.70 per week.
Be aware that Carer's Allowance is one of the taxable benefits, so so it will be taken into account with any other taxable income you may have, for tax purposes. If your taxable income total - including this allowance is below your personal allowance for tax - there is no problem in this respect.
If you are one of the few who are getting Universal Credit, Carer's Allowance can affect the amount you get from other benefits..
If you receive any of the means tested benefits, they may be reduced by the same amount you get from Carer's Allowance.
You may be able to get a Council Tax Reduction.
There could also be a reduction in your own Working Tax Credit, or Child Tax Credit.
If you are over the age of sixteen and care for a person who themselves get one of the benefits set out below, you may be entitled to Carers Allowance. You must also be looking after that person for a minimum of 35 hours each week.
You will also need to have lived in England, Scotland or Wales, for a minimum of two out of the last three years.
Carers Allowance is not available if you are a full time student doing 21 hours a week - or more of properly supervised study. Neither is it available to you if you earn more than £102.00 a week net after income tax etc.
The current weekly rate for Carers Allowance is £62.70. This can be reduced further if other types of benefits are being received. But it can also mean that you are able to apply for other benefits such as Pension Credit or another income-related benefit.
If you are a carer who gets a state pension, then you might not be entitled to Carers Allowance. BUT! You still have to apply for it to make sure you get other top-up benefits to which you are entitled! Someone in Government needs to get a grip of things!
You still need to apply for Carer's Allowance if you get any of those benefits, as it might mean an increased payment in one of those benefits!
Effects upon the benefits of the benefits of your cared-for person who are getting a severe disability premium with any of the following benefits. They will cease to get that premium if you get Carer's Allowance for as a result of caring for them. Your payment of Carer's Allowance could also mean a change in their Council Tax Reduction allowance.
You will need to check this out with your local council, and make your cared-for person aware of this.
(How to Claim follows....)
March 9th 2017
***Child Tax Credit - From April this year the ‘family element’ of £545 per year will be abolished.***
March 8th 2017
**MPs are calling for a halt to the accelerating roll-out of Universal Credit as the ongoing problems are causing undue and unnecessary hardship**
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