Financial support for carers
Caring for someone can lead to money worries, especially if your caring role means you have to give up work. There could be financial support available to help you.
Can I get help from my local council?
沙巴体育appIf you have a carer’s assessment from your local council, they may find that you are eligible for a carer’s personal budget, to help you with your caring role.
沙巴体育appYour first step is to get a carer's assessment so your local authority can assess what support you need.
What benefits can I claim?
Carer's Allowance is the main welfare benefit to help carers; it could give you an extra £66.15 per week (for April 2019-20).
沙巴体育appTo be eligible you must spend at least 35 hours per week caring for a disabled person.
What could you claim?
Find out what you could be owed - quickly and easily - with our personalised benefits calculator.
Benefits for the person you care for
沙巴体育app The person you care for may be eligible for Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, depending on their age.
How can I protect my State Pension?
If you care for someone at least 20 hours per week, you could get Carer’s Credit. This helps to maintain your National Insurance record – which goes towards your State Pension.
You will get Carer’s Credit automatically if you get Carer’s Allowance, although you don’t have to be receiving Carer’s Allowance to get it.
We're here to help
We offer support through our free advice line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also have specialist advisers at over 140 local Age UKs.