Carer’s allowance is awarded to those who are taking care of a person for at least 35 hours a week while the person being cared for is also receiving certain benefits. These benefits can include PIP (the daily living component), attendance allowance or armed forces independence payment among others.
On top of this, claimants will also need to provide details on the person they’re caring for, which includes their date of birth, address, National Insurance number or disability living allowance reference if they’re under 16.
Claims can be backdated by up to three months, meaning the first payment could be larger than expected.
While claiming, a person must report any changes in their circumstances to the government which can include starting a job or seeing changes to income.
If these changes are not reported, the carer’s allowance payments could be reduced and the claimant could be taken to court and be forced to pay a penalty.