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What is Carer’s Allowance?
Carer's Allowance is the main welfare benefit to help carers. Find out how to claim if you care for someone with a mental health illness.
Carer’s Allowance and other benefits
Find out how your Carer's Allowance can be affected if you claim other welfare benefits. This is known as the ‘overlapping benefits’ rule.
What if I take a break from caring?
You can continue to claim your Carer’s Allowance benefit when taking a break from caring for 4 out of every 26 weeks. Find out how now.
What is the Carer's Premium?
If you're caring for someone with a mental illness, you may be entitled to Carer's Premium - £36 a week in addition to your other benefits.
What is Universal Credit?
Universal Credit is made up of ‘Elements’ and is determined by your circumstances. One is called the Carer’s Element. Find out if you can claim.
What are Carer’s Credits?
Carer’s Credits count towards your National Insurance record so you can qualify for a State Pension while you're not making any contributions as a carer.
Can I get Council Tax discounts as a carer?
Carer's can claim Council Tax discounts. You don't have to claim Carer's Allowance to qualify. Find out if you qualify and how to apply now.