Carer’s Allowance is a benefit paid to a carer on a low income who is regularly looking after someone else with substantial caring needs and who is receiving, or waiting to hear about, PIP (daily living component- standard or enhanced rate), DLA (middle or highest care rate only), or Attendance Allowance. A Carer does not have to be related to, or live with, the person being cared for, but must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring. It is not means tested, but is taxable; in some circumstances it may affect or be affected by claiming other benefits.
Claims are made on form DS700, (or DS700SP if you get a state pension) available from a Jobcentre Plus office or on- line
Note:- As this benefit is complex and has the potential to have a detrimental effect on the benefit of the cared for person, BuDS strongly advises you to seek further advice from a recognised advice agency before claiming Carers Allowance.
If you are providing regular care for someone then you are entitled to have a Carer’s Assessment of your own needs by Bucks CC Adult Social Care. Tel: 01296 383 204 .