Benefits for working age carers
If you are a working-age carer who is unable to work because of their caring commitments you may be able to claim Carer's Allowance which we have covered in a separate section.
If you get Carer's Allowance, or have an underlying entitlement to it, you may then become entitled to Universal Credit or one of various means-tested benefits.
And if you are already receiving one or more means-tested benefits you may be entitled to more of these benefits. This is because getting Carer's Allowance or having an underlying entitlement to it means that an extra amount of money called the 'carers premium/addition' is included in the calculation of the means-tested benefits you apply for.
You may find that you are entitled to one or more of the following means-tested benefits:-
Or you may still be on one the following legacy benefits :
- Income Support
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction
If you are newly claiming benefits it is likely that you would be claiming Universal Credit but if you have one of the legacy benefits then you would not be moved onto Universal Credit until November 2020 at the earliest.
Remember that means-tested benefits take into account how much income and savings you and your household have.
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit are paid to top up the incomes of families or workers with a low income. The amount you get of either /both depends on your household taxable income.
Go to our section on Tax and tax credits for more information
Other information and advice
The following websites offers advice on benefits options for carers :