Can I get Universal Credit and carers allowance?

If you are eligible for Universal Credit, you may also be able to get an additional amount for any caring responsibilities you have. For example, if you care for a disabled person or a child under the age of five. To find out more about how much you could get and how to apply, visit the GOV.UK website.

Carers allowance

How much is carers allowance on Universal Credit?

The amount you can get for carers allowance will depend on your circumstances. For example, if you have any other income or savings, the number of hours you work and whether you are responsible for any other children. The maximum amount you can get is £162.92 per week.

What benefits can you claim if you are a carer?

If you are a carer, you may be able to claim Universal Credit, Carer’s Allowance or Attendance Allowance. The person you are caring for must receive DLA or LCW for you to be able to claim.

You must spend a minimum of 35 hours per week in a caring role.

Can I work and still claim carers allowance?

Yes, you can work and still claim carers allowance, but you must contribute to atleast 35 hours per week towards your caring role.

How to apply for carers element of Universal Credit

The carers element of Universal Credit is an additional amount of money that you may be entitled to if you have caring responsibilities. To apply for the additional element visit the gov website here: https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/how-to-claim

You can download the claims forms here:

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