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Can you claim Carer's Allowance?

You may be able to claim Carer's Allowance if you look after someone that is ill or disabled.

Do you look after someone who is ill or disabled? Are they a family member, friend or neighbour? If so, there is support to help you.

We encourage Calderdale's unpaid carers to check they are claiming what they are entitled to.

Carer's Allowance is the main benefit for carers and you could get £69.70 each week.

To get this, you need to meet the following conditions:

  • Look after someone who gets a benefit due to being disabled.
  • Do it for at least 35 hours each week.
  • Be 16 year old or over.
  • Not be in full-time education.
  • Not earn over £132 per week (after deductions).
  • Satisfy UK presence and residence conditions.

For full details of the scheme, please visit: Carer's Allowance - How it works (GOV.UK).

To find out more or to make a claim please contact the Government's Carer's Allowance Unit:

  • Phone: 0800 731 0297.
  • Textphone: 0800 731 0317.

If you cannot hear or speak on the phone

  • Visit: Relay UK or phone them, dial: 18001, then 0800 731 0297.

Carers Wellbeing Service

What this does:

  • Promotes Carer's Allowance.
  • Aims to find unpaid carers who do not access any support.

In Calderdale, they offer a range of services that include:

  • Information and advice.
  • Support groups and social events.
  • Emergency back up plans.
  • Carers assessments.
  • Access to other funds to help carers.

For more details or for help:

Young Carers

If you are under 18 years old, contact our Young Carers Service:

To find out more about this, please see: Young Carers.

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