Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit available to carers. Not all carers will qualify for it – it depends on your income and how much care you provide. If you’re regularly caring for someone for at least 35 hours a week, they receive certain disability benefits, and you don’t earn more than £128 a week, then you can probably claim Carer’s Allowance. It's paid at £67.60 a week. For more information on the disability benefits which count, see our page on Carer’s Allowance.
If you’re already getting certain other benefits, including the State Pension, you won’t usually be able to get Carer’s Allowance as well. However, it’s still worth applying because this may mean you can get an extra amount added to some other benefits – such as a Carer Addition paid with your Pension Credit, or a Carers Premium paid with your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. Read our factsheet on Underlying entitlement to Carer's Allowance for more information.