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Universal credit carer amount

A ‘carer amount’ of £163.73 a month is included in your award if you have regular and substantial caring responsibilities for a severely disabled person.

If you and someone else both care for the same person, only one of you can qualify for a carer amount. You can jointly decide which of you it will apply to.

You are not normally entitled to this amount as well as the work capability amount if you would otherwise be eligible for both; only the highest paid amount is included in your award. However, if you have a ‘limited capability for work-related activity’ and your partner is a carer, both amounts could be payable.

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