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You may be able to claim Carer's Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring. 

The person you care for must get:

You must also meet other criteria, find out more on who can claim Carer’s Allowance.

Carer's Allowance is paid directly to you (the carer) and is currently £62.70 a week but the amount you get may be affected by your other benefits or the amount you earn. See how Carers’s Allowance affects other benefits.

In Scotland, the Scottish Government have committed to increasing the rate of Carers Allowance to £73.10 a week as part of a wider plan to change several social security benefits under the Scotland Act 2016. There are not currently any timescales given for this change.

Claiming Carer's Allowance can also help you get extra money if you claim other benefits or Pension Credit. See how Carers’s Allowance affects other benefits.

You can claim Carer's Allowance anywhere in the UK, but some of the rules are different if you claim Carer's Allowance in Northern Ireland.

Next update due: June 2017