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16/04/2018

What benefits are available for mental health carers?

What is Carer’s Allowance?

  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
Carer’s Allowance (CA) is a benefit that you can claim if you are a full-time carer.

Carer's Allowance for mental health carers

Carer’s Allowance (CA) is a benefit that you can claim if you are a full-time carer. You can get £64.60 a week.

You can claim CA if you are in work, but you must not earn more than £120 a week. CA is not affected by any savings you have.

You qualify for CA if you:

  • Spend more than 35 hours a week caring for someone, 

  • Are 16 or over,

  • Are not in full-time education,

  • Live in the UK and are not subject to immigration control,

  • Earn less than £120 per week (after tax, National insurance and half of any pension contributions), and
  • Care for someone who gets:
    • Disability Living Allowance (middle or high rate care),
    • Personal Independence Payment (standard or enhanced daily living component),
    • Attendance Allowance, or
    • Constant Attendance Allowance.

CA can be backdated for up to 3 months as long as you met the criteria during that time.

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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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