Carer’s Allowance is intended to provide financial help to those who care for another individual who is receiving certain benefits. These benefits include Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance amongst others, although there are certain criteria to bear in mind. The carer is not required to be related to, nor to live with the person they are caring for to be eligible.
But it is worth noting, in addition, that a person cannot be paid extra if caring for more than one individual.
The financial support from Carer’s Allowance, however, can be particularly worthwhile for those offering assistance in this way.
At present, the rate of Carer’s Allowance is £67.25 per week if a person cares for someone at least 35 hours a week.
This could equate to £3,497 worth of support per year, a sum which could provide a significant level of assistance.
Most people will be able to claim Carer’s Allowance by using the government’s online portal available on the official website.
However, for those who cannot apply online, post is also available – although this may take longer due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
A claim can also be backdated by up to three months, to provide the most support possible.
Many people who are carers will also be required to undertake work in addition to helping another person.
These individuals will be entitled to Carer’s Allowance, as long as they spend at least 35 hours in their caring role.
For people who are wondering how they will be able to combine their responsibilities of work and care, the government encourages reaching out to Jobcentre Plus.
Experts will be able to provide advice to those who are starting or returning to work and how this will fit in with their care.
In addition, employers are required to provide some level of flexibility for those who have caring responsibilities.
Carers may be able to ask for time off for an emergency or a flexible working pattern to suit their circumstances.
In addition, if a carer needs help to have someone else look after the person they care for while they are at work, they will be able to apply for respite care.
Respite, or ‘short break’ care, can involve getting a paid carer or volunteer to sit with the person being cared for, or a regular place in a daycentre.
Individuals will, however, need to go through an assessment before they are able to apply.
Britons can find out more about Carer’s Allowance and how to make a claim by reaching out to the government via telephone or post.