You may be a carer if you look after someone who is a partner, relative or friend
and you get no payment for this. You might provide help like cooking, dressing and
If you are a carer you may be able to get a carer's allowance and help, such as
for you and the person you look after.
Other kinds of help may be available to you and the person you look after. These
include home care services and special equipment for the person you look after,
information on carer organisations and support services, and benefits advice.
To find out more, please contact your local
social work office.
Are you a carer?
A carer is someone who:
- Looks after or provides help and support to someone who could not manage without
- Receives no payment for doing this (Carer’s Allowance does not count as a payment)
The person they look after:
- Could be a partner, husband or wife, child, friend or neighbour
- Cannot manage without help because of their age, physical or mental illness, addiction
The care they provide could include help with washing, cooking, dressing, feeding
and much more.
Like many carers you might not see yourself as a carer, just as a parent, child,
wife, husband, partner, friend or neighbour. Many carers live with the person they
care for, but many others don’t.
If you think you are a carer and would like to know what help you may be able to
get, please call us on:
What is a carer’s allowance?
The carer’s allowance is a benefit for someone who cares for a person who is ill
or disabled. You do not need to be related to, or live with, the person that you
- Be over 16 years
- Spend 35 hours a week or more caring for someone
The person you care for must get certain benefits, such as Attendance Allowance
Disability Living Allowance, at the middle or highest care rate.
If you receive certain other benefits and these are more than the amount of the
Allowance, you may still qualify but you will not get any extra money.
If you are working, you can get Carer’s Allowance only if you earn less than £100
per week after tax and deductions.
If you are in full-time education for 21 hours or more a week you can’t get a carer’s
How to claim carer’s allowance
You will need to complete a claim form from the Carer's Allowance Unit.
If you would like a form, please contact the Carer's Allowance Unit:
How we will assess your needs as a carer
You can ask us for a carer’s assessment. We will discuss your support options with
you and provide you with the information you may need to help you in your caring
You may not have thought about how caring is affecting you. The assessment is an
opportunity to think about this and decide what would be best for you and the person
you care for.