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15/11/2017

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What are Carer’s Credits?

  1. Overview
  2. What is Carer’s Allowance?
  3. How is Carer’s Allowance (CA) 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 Rates Discounts?
  9. Next steps

If you are not working, you will not be paying National Insurance contributions. National Insurance count towards your basic State Retirement Pension. Carer's Credits count towards your National Insurance record, helping you to qualify for State Retirement Pension.

Carer’s Credits count towards your National Insurance record, helping you to qualify for State Retirement Pension.

You will qualify for Carer's Credit if:

  • You spend more than 20 hours a week caring,
  • You don't get Carer's Allowance, and
  • The person you care for gets:
    • Disability Living Allowance (middle or high rate care),
    • Personal Independence Payment (standard or enhanced daily living component),
    • Attendance Allowance, or
    • Constant Attendance Allowance.

If the person you care for does not get any of these benefits, you can still get Carer's Credits if a health or social care professional confirms you provide enough care.

To apply for Carer's Credits, contact the Disability and Carers Services on 0300 123 3356.

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  1. Overview
  2. What is Carer’s Allowance?
  3. How is Carer’s Allowance (CA) 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 Rates Discounts?
  9. Next steps
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