Carer benefits

Carer's allowance

If you look after someone, you may be eligible to receive Carer's Allowance. This benefit is intended to help towards your costs of living when you are looking after someone.

Carer's Allowance is currently (November 2014) £61.35 per week. It is usually paid weekly but you can also ask for it to be paid up to 13 weeks in advance, which you may find helpful if you have expenses such as rent or bills that need to be covered in advance.

Eligibility for Carer's Allowance
You may be eligible for Carer's Allowance if you:
  • are aged 16 or over and not in full-time education
  • spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
  • live in the UK
  • have lived in the UK for at least 2 of the last 3 years
  • are not in receipt of certain other benefits, such as Jobseeker's Allowance or Incapacity Benefit
  • are not working, or earn less than £100 a week after tax and anything to pay towards the care of the person you look after.
Find out more information about Carer's Allowance, and advice on how to claim it.

Contact the Carer's Allowance Unit if you need help completing the forms or have any questions.

Other information and advice
Sutton Carers Centre provides information, advice and support services for carers, including in relation to benefits and other financial issues. Find out more about the support the Carers Centre can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8296 5611,

Sutton Citizens Advice Bureaux provides information and advice around finances (including benefits, debt and other financial matters). Find out more about the support the Sutton CABx can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8405 3552, contact form.

Carers UK has advice and information on benefits for carers, including Carer's Allowance.