Benefits and financial help for carers

Find out about benefits, allowances and help from the Council.

Carer's personal budget from the Council

After a carer's assessment, if you're eligible you will have your own support plan. This explains what support you need to carry on your role as a carer. It could include a personal budget in the form of a direct payment.

A carers personal budget is there to help you in your role as a carer. It is used to pay for things that are agreed in your support plan, such as:

  • education and training
  • a short break
  • improving your own health and wellbeing

It is not taxed and doesn't affect any benefits you receive. 

Help with Council Tax 

You may be able to claim a discount on your Council Tax, or even be exempt from paying it altogether. 

Find out about Council Tax reduction and discounts and exemptions for carers. 

Benefits for carers

If you regularly look after someone, you might be able to claim benefits, such as:

Carers allowance

You might be entitled to receive Carers Allowance. 

Check if you are eligible on GOV.UK

If you need help completing forms or have any questions about financial support, contact the Carer's Allowance Unit

Carers credit

If you care for someone at least 20 hours a week, you could be entitled to Carer's Credit.

Use GOV.UK to check your eligibility for carer's credit

Carer Premium

Carer Premium is an allowance you get on top of some benefits.

You can get it if you already get a benefit, such as Income Support or Housing Benefit.

You can ask about it at your local Jobcentre Plus or Jobs and Benefits Office.

Disability Living Allowance for children

If you’re a parent carer of a disabled child, you can find out how to claim Disability Living Allowance for children on GOV.UK.

Other financial information for carers

There is lots of other financial help available, including: