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Carer's Allowance (CA)

If you care for your disabled child for more than 35 hours per week, and they get the middle or higher rate care component of DLA, you may be able to claim for Carer's Allowance.

If your child is in residential school or college, you could still be entitled to CA if you give 35 hours of care, but only over weekends.

You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if you:

  • are 16 or over
  • spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
  • have been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years
  • normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the Armed Forces
  • are not in full time education or studying for 21 hours a week or more
  • earn no more than £110 a week (after taxes, care costs while you’re at work and 50% of what you pay into your pension)

What can you earn as a carer

If you work, you can earn up to £62.10 per week (tax year 2015 / 2016) after certain expenses and still get CA.

This figure is reviewed every year, so please ring the Carers Allowance Unit or visit the GOV.UK (link opens in new window) website to check prior to applying.

CA is a taxable allowance. You cannot get CA if you are in full-time education (21 hrs or more per week).

You can only receive one CA even if you are caring for more than one disabled person.

For each week you claim CA, you will be credited with a National Insurance credit.

This protects your rights to benefits such as: State Pension, contribution-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and contribution based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).


Tel: 01253 856 123 

Make a claim

You can make a claim (link opens in new window) on the GOV.UK website.

You will need:

  • your National Insurance number
  • the date of birth and address of the person you’re caring for
  • your bank or building society details

You may need to provide course details if you are studying, and any employment details including dates and how much you were paid.

You can backdate your claim by up to 3 months.

Apply for Carer's Allowance

Make your claim for Carers Allowance on the GOV.UK (link opens in new window) website.

Change of circumstance

You must report any change of circumstances (link opens in new window) if you’re claiming or have applied for Carer’s Allowance.

This includes if you:

  • get a job
  • take a break from caring for someone
  • stop being a carer altogether

Carers in Beds

For guidance and advice you can visit the Carers in Beds (link opens in new window) website.