Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

DWP - Carers' Allowance

Type of service:
National Organisation
Address:
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Caxton House, Tothill Street, Westminster, London SW1H 9NA
Telephone number:
0345 608 4321
Mobile number:
0345 604 5312 (textphone)
Service description:
If you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a disabled person, you might be able to claim Carers' Allowance, which is £62.70 a week. You don’t need to be related to (or live with) the person you care for.

To Get Carer's Allowance You Must:

   ●   be aged 16+
   ●   spend at least 35 hours a week caring
   ●   be present and resident in Great Britain
   ●   be caring for a person who receives one of the following:
        ◦    The Daily Living Component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
        ◦    The highest or middle rate of the Care Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
        ◦    The Attendance Allowance
        ◦    The Constant Attendance Allowance (of £67.90 or more)
        ◦    The Armed Forces Independence payment

To Get Carers' Allowance You Must Not:

   ●   not be in full-time education
   ●   not be earning more than £116 a week
   ●   not be subject to immigration control

Carers' Allowance and Means-Tested Benefits

If you receive any means-tested benefit, a Carer Premium will be included in your award. Means-tested benefits include:

   ●   Income Support
   ●   Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
   ●   Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
   ●   Housing Benefit

If you’re on Pension Credit, you can get an Additional Amount for Carers included in your pension credit award.

If you receive Incapacity Benefit, the State Pension, or Contributory ESA, you cannot be paid the Carers’ Allowance. However, you can still get the Carer Premium/Additional Amount included in your means-tested benefit.

Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit

In Northamptonshire, the full Universal Credit service is currently only available in Corby.* You can track the status of the switchover in your area, here.
*correct as of November 2017

if you care for a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours a week, and you receive Universal Credit, you can get a Carer Amount included in your award.

You can make a claim for Carers’ Allowance online, here.

The charity Contact has produced this guide to Carers' Allowance:

   ●   Contact - Factsheet: Carers' Allowance (PDF 314KB)
Cost:
Free
Age range:
16 years - 100 years
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - School (5-18)
  • Age - Adulthood (18-25)
Referral route:
  • Contact service direct
  • Job Centre
Last updated on:
22/11/2017

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