There are benefits just for carers, some for people with a disability, and some to help you if you have a low income.
If you spend at least 35 hours a week caring, you may be able to claim carer’s allowance. You may be able to get extra money added to your existing benefits or credits if you claim carer’s allowance. This is called carer premium.
Carers credit is not a payment, but helps people protect their state retirement pension.
Carers credit is for people who are unable to work or have cut down their working hours as a result of caring, and therefore not pay national insurance contributions.
If you are not entitled to carer’s allowance, you may be able to claim carer’s credit instead.
Benefits for the person you care for
Help with the extra costs of being disabled or having a long-term health condition.
Find out about claiming:
- Attendance Allowance (AA) for help with personal care for people aged 65 or over.
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to help with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill health or a disability.
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – a benefit for disabled people who need help with mobility or care. DLA is ending for people aged 16-64.
If you, or the person you care for, need extra help to pay for something there are many grants, funds, and charities that may be able to help.
- Turn2us is a free service that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face. The website has a free and easy to use grants search and benefits calculator.
- Grants for individuals lets you search online for funders and grants if you subscribe.
- Disability Grants has details of charities and trusts which give out grants to disabled people and their families and carers.
If you need help to fill in the forms, ask the fund if they can support you, or contact the Carers Advice Line, or ask a health or social care professional that supports you or the person you care for, to see if they can help.