Benefits for carers

There is a wide range of benefits that may be available to you as a carer or to the person that you care for, including:

  • Carer’s Allowance and the Carer Premium
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Terminal illness - the Special Rules for claiming Disability Living Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Tax Credits
  • Pension Credit
  • Home Responsibilities Protection
  • Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit
  • Local Housing Allowance
  • Healthcare Travel Costs

The person that you care for may also be able to receive direct payments and so ‘self-direct’ their care, which has implications for you.

If you are combining work and caring, you have certain statutory rights to flexible working. Many employers are willing to go beyond their statutory responsibilities to support staff who are also carers.

For more detailed information about flexible working, benefits eligibility, claiming direct payments and self-directed care, please contact the local and national organisations listed here and a more comprehensive list is available on: Directgov: Caring for someone.