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Carer's allowance and means-tested benefits

Carer's Allowance

If you are entitled to carer’s allowance, a ‘carer premium’ is included with any means-tested benefit (ie income support, income-related employment and support allowance (ESA), income-based jobseeker's allowance or housing benefit) that you get. If you are on pension credit, you can get a similar ‘additional amount for carers’ included in the pension credit award.

If you receive another benefit, such as incapacity benefit, state pension or contributory ESA, which prevents you actually being paid carer’s allowance, you can still get the carer premium/additional amount included in your means-tested benefit.

If you are paid carer’s allowance, it may stop the person you care for from getting a ‘severe disability premium’ (SDP) as part of their means-tested benefit. If you are not actually being paid carer’s allowance, because you are on another benefit, you can still get the carer premium/additional amount and the person you care for can keep their SDP. Seek advice if you think that your claim for carer’s allowance may adversely affect the benefit of the person who you care for.

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