The person you care for must get:
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component at any rate, or
- Attendance Allowance (AA), or
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component at the middle or higher rate
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.
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