The main benefit for carers is the Carer's Allowance, currently worth £62.10 a week from 1 April 2015. It’s not means-tested or based on national insurance contributions but there are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible.
In order to qualify for Carer’s Allowance, you must:
The person you care for must:
You may also be entitled to the Carer Premium or the Carer Addition, depending on other benefits you receive.
Attendance Allowance is a weekly cash payment for disabled people who are aged 65 and over, while Disability Living Allowance, or PIP is for disabled people under 65. The person you look after may also be entitled to earnings replacement benefits.
Those currently receiving DLA will be reassessed over the next couple of years and some claimants will be transferred to PIP. You will be sent information from the Dept of Work and Pensions when this applies to you.
As with all State benefits, we recommend that you seek advice as the rules are not straightforward and depend to some extent on individual circumstances.