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1 April 2011 Benefits for you For carers or parents of disabled adults or children Also available in large print and other formats

2 Are you a carer? Do you help or look after someone who is disabled, frail or elderly? They could be a relative, friend or neighbour, an adult or a child. If you do then you are a carer and this booklet is for you. What is Carer s Allowance? Carer s Allowance is a taxable benefit worth a week from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). You don t need to have paid National Insurance contributions to get it and it is not affected by your savings or occupational pension. You can claim Carer s Allowance if: you are aged 16 or over and you spend at least 35 hours a week looking after an adult or child (this could be just for weekends) and the person you look after gets either Attendance Allowance, or Constant Attendance Allowance at the normal rate or higher, or the middle or highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance and you earn no more than 100 a week after deducting certain expenses. Two people cannot both get Carer s Allowance for looking after the same person. You cannot get extra Carer s Allowance for looking after more than one person. You cannot get Carer s Allowance if you are attending a course of study which is classed as full-time. Carer s Allowance carries on for eight weeks if the person you are caring for dies. If you stop being a carer for any other reason your Carer s Allowance stops right away. 2

3 How to claim Ring the Carer s Allowance Unit on If you want to claim Income Support as well ring Jobcentre Plus on If you would like advice before claiming you can get a benefit check from the Welfare Rights Service (see back page for details). Backdating Your claim can be backdated for up to three months providing you were entitled. If you claim Carer s Allowance within three months of an award of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance to the person you look after, your claim should be backdated to the date they are paid from. Important If the person you look after gets a social security benefit, or Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, you must get advice before claiming Carer s Allowance as the person you care for could lose money (see back page). Jane has a busy home life with a husband and two children, but still finds time to look after her neighbour Doris who lives alone. Doris, who is 87 years old and very frail, gets Attendance Allowance. Jane claims Carer s Allowance for looking after her. But she checked with Doris before claiming in case Doris was getting Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, because she didn t want her to lose any benefit. 3

4 Advantages to claiming Carer s Allowance For each week you are entitled: you get a class 1 National Insurance credit towards your State Retirement Pension, State Second Pension and National Insurance benefits you automatically qualify for the 10 Christmas Bonus you could get an increase of up to 31 a week in Pension Credit, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker s Allowance, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, even though Carer s Allowance counts in full as income for these benefits; a couple could get up to 62 a week extra if they are both disabled and look after each other if you already get a small amount of any of these benefits get advice before you claim Carer s Allowance to make sure you will be better off (see back page). You need to claim Carer s Allowance to get these advantages even if you cannot be paid it because you get another benefit which pays more. Ruby and Ralph are a couple in their 70 s who both get Attendance Allowance. They also get Retirement Pension and Pension Credit. They both help to look after each other so they both claim Carer s Allowance. Their Retirement Pensions are higher than Carer s Allowance, so they don t get paid it, but they get an extra 62 a week in their Pension Credit. 4

5 Ivor, aged 56, gets Disability Living Allowance middle rate care component. He gets Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) of a week for himself and his wife Clara, who cares for him. Clara has no income, but if she claims Carer s Allowance she will get an award of This will be taken into account in the ESA, but it will now include a carer premium. Carer s Allowance and ESA will now total a week. More about Income Support If you get Income Support as a carer you do not have to sign on to get benefit. And it does not matter if you are working more than 16 hours a week, although your wages will affect the amount you can get. Income Support carries on at the same rate for eight weeks after you stop being a carer, and you don t have to sign on as unemployed, even if you make your first claim for Income Support during these eight weeks. Carer s Credit This is a National Insurance credit which counts towards State Retirement Pension, State Second Pension and Bereavement benefits. You can get it for each week: you do not get Carer s Allowance or Income Support as a carer and you spend at least 20 hours a week caring for someone who gets DLA middle or highest rate care, or Attendance Allowance, or Constant Attendance Allowance at the normal rate or above, or has been certified as needing that level of care by a health or social care professional. For more information and to claim, ring the Carer s Allowance Unit on

6 Money off your Council Tax Discounts If you are a carer for someone who lives with you (other than your partner) you may get a Council Tax discount. You must be providing care for at least 35 hours a week for someone aged 18 or over who is getting the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, or Attendance Allowance at the higher rate or Constant Attendance Allowance. This could apply to more than one carer. For example a couple caring for their 25 year old son could both get a discount. Reductions You may be able to get money off your Council Tax if a room in your house is used mainly by a disabled person to meet their special needs, or if you have a second kitchen or bathroom, or extra wheelchair space. Alan, aged 5, was born with spina bifida, and he needs a lot of looking after. He has Disability Living Allowance for his care and mobility needs. John, his father, has a fulltime job, and Mary, his mother, claims Carer s Allowance for looking after Alan. They keep one of the rooms in the house specially for Alan s care and physio. Their house is in band C for Council Tax, but they applied for a reduction and now they only have to pay the band B rate. Exempt Properties If you have moved home to care for someone, and you are still billed for Council Tax on your old home, you may be able to get an exemption as long as no-one lives there. 6

7 Foster Carers If you are a foster carer for Lancashire County Council your fostering allowance will not reduce the amount of social security benefits or Working Tax Credit you get, and there are other advantages. It is worthwhile asking for a benefit check from the Welfare Rights Service by phoning Carers Support Carers Workers across Lancashire offer support and information on a wide range of caring issues including breaks from caring, training, holidays and leisure activities. They provide information about local carers support groups, including an Asian Carers Forum. Each area also has a Young Carers Worker to support carers between the ages of 3 and 18 who regularly care for someone. To find your nearest carers support centre ring Carers UK on or visit their website at Carer Benefit Check Cut out this coupon and post it in an envelope to: Lancashire County Council Welfare Rights Service Freepost Preston PR1 8BR (no stamp needed) Make sure you fill in your name and address on the back of this coupon. 7

8 Help and Advice If you would like us to check if you are entitled to Carers' benefits you can: ring us on or use the coupon below and return it to us at the FREEPOST address on page 7 or visit our website at You can also get help from a Citizen's Advice Bureau or Advice Centre. Lancashire County Council Welfare Rights Service (April 2011) All figures in this leaflet will change in April I am a carer. Please contact me to check my benefits. By telephone By post (please tick) Name... Address Postcode... 8 Telephone...

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