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13/11/2017

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How is Carer’s Allowance affected by other benefits?

  1. Overview
  2. What is Carer’s Allowance?
  3. How is Carer’s Allowance affected by other benefits?
  4. What if I take a break from caring?
  5. What is the Carer's Premium?
  6. What is Universal Credit?
  7. What are Carer’s Credits?
  8. Can I get Council Tax Discounts?
  9. Next steps

You cannot get Carer’s Allowance (CA) if you get:

This is called the ‘overlapping benefits’ rule.

If you claim income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit and some other benefits you can still get the full amount of CA. However, these benefits will be reduced by the amount of CA you get.

You should apply for CA even if you are getting these benefits.

You should apply for CA even if you are getting these benefits. If you qualify for CA you get an additional amount called a 'Carer's Premium'. You can find out more about carer's premiums in the What is the carer's premiums? section.

Severe Disability Premium (SDP)

The person you care for may get a Severe Disability Premium (SDP) on top of their benefits. They will get the SDP if they:

  • Live alone,
  • Get means-tested benefits like income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit,
  • Get the care component of Disability Living Allowance at either the middle or higher rate or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment at the standard or enhanced rate, and
  • Do not have a full time carer who is getting Carer’s Allowance.

You should apply for CA even if you are getting these benefits. If you qualify for CA you get an additional amount called a 'Carer's Premium'. You can find out more about carer's premiums in the 

It is important to know that, if you claim carer’s allowance, the person you care for will lose their Severe Disability Premium. This does not apply if the person you care for claims Universal Credit as this benefit does not include a Severe Disability Premium. If you get a Carer’s Premium rather than Carer’s Allowance then the person you care for should still get the SDP.

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  1. Overview
  2. What is Carer’s Allowance?
  3. How is Carer’s Allowance affected by other benefits?
  4. What if I take a break from caring?
  5. What is the Carer's Premium?
  6. What is Universal Credit?
  7. What are Carer’s Credits?
  8. Can I get Council Tax Discounts?
  9. Next steps
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