If your child receives the care component of DLA at the middle or highest rate, you may be able to claim carers allowance.
Carer’s Allowance is a weekly cash payment for anyone who spends at least 35 hours a week looking after someone who gets the care component of DLA at the middle or higher rate (but is not paid to do this). Even if your child is at school, it’s easy to see that most parents will clock up many more hours than this.
You must earn no more than £120 a week after tax and expenses. Expenses can include some of your pension contributions – and some of the costs of caring for your children or the disabled person while you’re at work.
All of the following must also apply:
- you’re 16 or over
- you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
- you’ve been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this doesn’t apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
- you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces
- you’re not in full-time education
- you’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more
- you’re not subject to immigration control
If you aren’t eligible for Carers Allowance you may be eligible for Carers Credit. Carers Credit is a National Insurance credit that helps fill the gaps in your National Insurance Record.
You can apply for Carers Allowance online