Benefits you may be entitled to
If you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance. This can be payable if the person you care for is receiving Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Constant Attendance Allowance (paid with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or a War Pension). The Carer’s Allowance rate for 2014/15 is £61.35 a week.
This figure may change over the life of this Directory. If you are over 65 you may qualify for Carer’s Premium. This can entitle you to an increased amount of income-related benefits (such as Pension Credit, Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit).
Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit which will let carers build up qualifying years for the basic State Pension and additional State Pension. This means that there will be no gaps in your National Insurance record if you have to take on caring responsibilities.
You may be able to get Carer’s Credit if:
• you provide care for one or more people for a total of 20
hours or more each week; and
• you are not already getting Carer’s Allowance.