If you’re looking after someone who’s ill or disabled you may be able to claim an additional payment to any other means-tested benefits you qualify for. This is linked to but separate from Carer’s Allowance.
About Carer Premium
If you’re entitled to Carer’s Allowance you may be able to get an addition to various means-tested benefits as well. Means-tested benefits are the ones that vary according to how much or how little other money you have coming in. The addition is generally called Carer Premium.
Who is it for?
You can get Carer Premium (or an equivalent similar payment) as an addition to any of the following benefits that you may be claiming already:
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance.
- Income Support.
- Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
- Housing Benefit.
- Pension Credit (when it’s known as the Additional Amount for Carers).
- Universal Credit (when it’s known as the Carer Element).
How much could you get?
It’s worth £34.60 a week for each person who qualifies.
How to claim Carer Premium
You must claim or already be getting Carer’s Allowance. The reason you should still claim Carer’s Allowance even if you can’t be paid it is that you can still get the underlying entitlement to Carer’s Allowance – and this is how you may be able to get a Carer Premium.
You then need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office that deals with the means tested benefit that you’re already getting or want to claim. Or, in Northern Ireland, contact the Social Security Agency . If you’re claiming Housing Benefit, contact your local council or the Northern Ireland Housing Executive if you live in Northern Ireland.
If you already get the means-tested benefit that you want the Carer Premium added to, it should be added on and you’ll be better off.
If you don’t already get the means-tested benefit that you want the Carer Premium added to, you must make a new claim. For example, if you have a low income but it’s just £4.60 a week too high for Income Support, when you qualify for a Carer Premium of £34.60 a week, you could make a new claim for Income Support and be £30 a week better off.
If the person you look after gets the severe disability premium included in their means tested benefit, this may stop if you claim Carer’s Allowance. Ask a benefits adviser for more details.
The work-focussed interview
If you’re claiming means tested benefits like Income Support you may have to attend Jobcentre Plus (Jobs and Benefits office in Northern Ireland) for a work focused interview as a condition of receiving it.
Other sources of support
Carers UK is a national charity that supports carers and produces leaflets and a magazine with useful information.
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