Are you doing any care work with your loved ones?
Caring for people you love could be a very rewarding feeling, but it can be very stressful and exhausting, if you decide to stop working to focus on taking care of your loved one it could really affect your finances. Even if you don’t consider yourself as a carer you can still apply for carers allowance.
Have you heard of Carers allowance before?
Carers allowance is a welfare benefit to help carers. You can still claim it even if you don’t view yourself as a carer. You will also get National insurance credits towards your State Pension if you are under pension age. The carers allowance is £66.15 per week.
Are you eligible to apply for Carers allowance?
To be eligible to apply for Carers allowance you must:
- spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a disabled person (you don’t have to live with them or be related to them)
- care for someone who receives the middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, either rate of Personal Independence Payment daily living component, or any rate of Attendance Allowance
- do not earn more than £120 a week (after deductions)
- are not in full-time education
However, if your State Pension is greater than £66.15 a week.
You will not be able to claim your Carers allowance.
To find out more about Carers Allowance and how to apply please visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/information-advice/money-legal/benefits-entitlements/carers-allowance/
To find more about us or if you want to become a professional carer you can find more about us on our website www.pineshield.co.uk