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Carers allowance

Carer's Allowance is a taxable non means tested, non contributory benefit and is payable to a carer who meets all the following criteria:

  • They must care for someone who receives Middle or Higher rate DLA
  • They must provide that care for 35 hours or more every week
  • They cannot be in full time education
  • They must be over the age of 16
  • They must have lived in Great Britain for at least 2 of the last 3 years
  • If employed, they must earn less than £100 per week after deductions of Income Tax, National Insurance, Pension contributions etc. After allowing for these, up to 50% of your remaining earnings can be used to meet childcare costs

More information on the carers allowance website

Download  Disability Rights UK independent factsheet