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‘I'm a carer: what can I claim?’

If Universal Credit has been introduced where you live, some of the information in this set of pages may not apply to you. For an introduction to Universal Credit, click here

Just to be clear, you are a carer for my purposes if you are caring for someone who is ill or disabled, and you don’t get paid for it. This covers a lot of possibilities:

However, just because you are a carer for my purposes doesn’t mean that the government agrees with me when it comes to giving you any money, and a lot of people fall through the cracks.

The key benefit for carers is, not surprisingly, Carer’s Allowance. If you qualify for this it means that the government accept that you are ‘really’ a carer and opens the door to a range of benefits, as well as Carer’s Allowance itself. If you don’t qualify for this you normally don’t ‘count’ as a carer, even if you are, except in a few special circumstances.

Choose which of the following subjects you want to ask about: