Carer’s Allowance can still be claimed even if the carer doesn’t live with or isn’t related to the person they care for. The payment – currently paid at a rate of £67.25 per week – can either be paid weekly in advance or every four weeks.
To get Carer’s Allowance, the person being cared for must receive on of the following benefits:
- Personal Independence Payment – daily living component
- Disability Living Allowance – the middle or highest care rate
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
Furthermore, the carer – who must meet their own eligibility criteria, detailed below – needs to spend at least 35 hours each week caring for someone.
Carer’s Allowance eligibility for carers
To qualify, all of the following must apply to the carer:
- You’re 16 or over
- You spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
- You’ve been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least two of the last three years (this does not apply if You’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
- You normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces (you might still be eligible if you’re moving to or already living in an EEA country or Switzerland)
- You’re not in full-time education
- You’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more
- You’re not subject to immigration control
- Your earnings are £128 or less a week after tax, National Insurance and expenses.
“If you or the person you care for are affected by coronavirus, you can still claim Carer’s Allowance if you provide care remotely,” guidance states.
“This includes giving emotional support over the phone or online.”
The temporary easements were introduced in spring last year.
In November, the measures were extended for a further six months, meaning they will now stay in place until May 12, 2021.