Effects of Carers' Allowance on other means tested benefits

Claiming Carers’ Allowance can impact on other means tested benefits you or your cared for person may be claiming. Carers’ Allowance is counted as income when calculating your entitlement to some benefits, however those benefits will be adjusted to include a Carer Premium or Carer Element:

  • Carer Premium is worth £34.95 and is calculated with claims for Income Support, income-based Job Seekers Allowance, income-related Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, and Council Tax Reduction.
  • Carer Element is worth £151.89 per month and is calculated with Universal Credit.

Claiming Carers’ Allowance may also affect means tested benefits claimed by the cared for person. If the person claims Severe Disability Premium or Severe Disability Addition (as part of Pension Credit) they will lose their entitlement to these benefits if you claim Carers Allowance to care for them. Their other disability benefits such as DLA or PIP remain unaffected as does their State Pension if they are claiming it. Further information is available from http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/financial-support/help-with-benefits/carers-allowance

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