You can submit a claim for Carer's Allowance if you look after someone for 35 hours per week or more and they receive certain benefits. You do not have to live with them or be related. Your claim can also be backdated by 3 months from the date you apply.
You can apply for Carer’s Allowance if the person you're caring for receives any of the following:
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – daily living component
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – the middle or highest care rate
- Attendance Allowance
There are other benefits that could make you eligible to apply for Carer's Allowance. You need to apply for these qualifying benefits before you can apply for Carer's Allowance.
You’re not eligible for Carer's Allowance if you’re a full-time student or studying for 21 hours or more a week.
Warning Apply online
If you apply online for Carer’s Allowance, you’ll receive payments sooner than if you apply by post.
Help to complete the Carer's Allowance form
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Carer's Allowance notes provides information about eligibility and how to apply.
Further sources of information include:
Once you've claimed online, you should receive a decision by post in 3 weeks. If you've applied by post, it will take a few days more.
If you're not happy with the decision, you can challenge it.
Challenging a DWP decision about benefits
Last reviewed by Scope on: 23/10/2018