Carers Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible.

Carer's Allowance is paid at £66.15 a week. The amount paid is reviewed each year in April, but isn’t necessarily increased.

Carer’s Allowance is not a contributory benefit based on your National Insurance record. Carer’s Allowance is also not a means tested benefit and so is not based on your and any partner’s income and capital. However, there is a cap on how much you can earn from work and still be entitled to Carer’s Allowance.

Carer’s Allowance is taxable. However, carers will only have to pay tax if they have other sources of taxable income such as occupational or personal pensions or part-time earnings, and if this combined income takes them over the threshold for paying tax. Carer’s Allowance on its own is below this threshold.

Carers living in Scotland and receiving Carer's Allowance on certain qualifying dates will receive two payments of £226.20 as a 'Carers Allowance Supplement' in addition to Carer's Allowance. Payments are made every six months by Social Security Scotland as long as you continue to qualify for Carer's Allowance. 

Not every carer can get this benefit. You may be eligible for Carer's Allowance if you meet all the following conditions:

  • you look after someone who gets a qualifying disability benefit
  • you look after that person for at least 35 hours a week
  • you are aged 16 or over
  • you are not in full-time education
  • you don’t earn over £123 a week (after deductions)
  • you satisfy UK presence and residence conditions

Note: If you meet the above conditions but already receive certain benefits (including a State Pension), then the amount of Carer’s Allowance you may be entitled to could be affected. 

If the person you are looking after is receiving means-tested benefits, your claim for Carer’s Allowance could affect how much they get.

How to claim Carer’s Allowance

  • click here to apply online or download a claim form
  • request a claim pack DS700 (or DS700(SP) if you are getting a State Pension) by calling the Carer’s Allowance Unit on 0800 731 0297 (text phone 0800 731 0317, calls from typetalk are also welcome)

More information can be found on the Carers Scotland web pages here.

Benefit Check

If you are a Carer and would like a benefit check to see if you are entitled to Carers Allowance or any other benefits, contact us on 01475 735180 or [email protected]

An advisor from Financial Fitness attends the Centre on a weekly basis to carry out benefit checks for our registered Carers. Please note Carers Allowance forms cannot be completed at these appointments.