Guide to benefits when caring for someone
If you are a carer, you may be entitled to help and support. A 'carer' means someone who looks after a friend, relative or neighbour who needs support because of their age, sickness or disability.
Carer's Allowance - for you
Carer's Allowance is a taxable benefit paid to informal carers of people. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person. The person you care for could be a friend, relative or neighbour.
You may claim Carer's Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week giving care. The person you care for must be receiving, for example, Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance.
Attendance Allowance - for the person you look after
Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit for people aged 65 or over who have an illness or disability and need help with personal care. Attendance Allowance is not affected by savings, and it is not usually affected by any other money you have coming in.
Constant Attendance Allowance - for the person you look after
If the person you care for needs daily care and attention and is claiming a War Disablement Pension or an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, they can claim Constant Attendance Allowance.
Disability Living Allowance - for the person you look after
Disability Living Allowance is a tax-free benefit for people aged under 65 who need help getting around and/or to look after themselves because they are ill, terminally ill or severely disabled.
On a low income - for you or the person you look after
If you're on a low income, you could be eligible for financial help for yourself or for the person you are caring for.
A Crisis Loan is an interest-free loan if you need financial help with an emergency or disaster.
Budgeting Loans may be provided to help people on a low income to pay for things like furniture, clothes and travel.
Community Care Grants
If the person you care for needs help to live independently in the community or to ease exceptional pressure on you, they may be able to get a Community Care Grant. You don't have to pay it back.
Find out about local carer support groups
Find out more about carer support groups and organisations in your area by contacting your local council.